Care leavers in higher education: how many are there and why does it matter?

Do care leavers enter higher education with the same propensity as other young people? Neil Harrison explains why the data we currently use to answer this question are flawed, and how they can skew policymaking in this area. Read full piece at source: Care leavers in higher education: how many are there and why does it … Continue reading Care leavers in higher education: how many are there and why does it matter?

Ray Jones: ‘If councils lose accountability for children’s services then families will lose the help they need’

Ray Jones, social work academic and former director of social services in Wiltshire, has been nothing short of vocal about his concerns surrounding the increasing involvement of private companies in the delivery of social work and social care. Many share his view – almost 72,000 people signed three petitions in 2014 opposing government proposals to … Continue reading Ray Jones: ‘If councils lose accountability for children’s services then families will lose the help they need’

Home education – important court ruling #safeguarding #humanrights

German parents whose four children were taken into care because they refused to send them to school did not have their human rights breached, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has ruled. Read full piece at source: Home education: Court rules against German Christian family

Children’s care cash crisis: nine in 10 councils pushed into the red | LGA

Severe funding shortages for social services that protect vulnerable children have pushed nearly nine in 10 councils into the red, new analysis by the LGA reveals today, prompting warnings that funding for children’s care is now in a country-wide crisis. New figures show that a total of 133 out of 152 councils (88 per cent) … Continue reading Children’s care cash crisis: nine in 10 councils pushed into the red | LGA

DfE faces legal action over ‘misleading’ safeguarding guidance | Children & Young People Now

The Department for Education could face legal action for publishing guidance that might lead local authorities to break laws protecting vulnerable children, a charity has claimed. Read full piece at source: DfE faces legal action over 'misleading' safeguarding guidance | Children & Young People Now

Teens in Care Placed in B&Bs

Teens in care are being housed alone in B&Bs Observer investigation finds increased use of ‘independent living arrangements’. An increasing number of under-18- year-olds in care are being housed in 'independent living accommodation' by local authorities, according to an investigation by The Observer and BBC 5 Live. The report, based partly on answers to Freedom of … Continue reading Teens in Care Placed in B&Bs

Multiple failings, IRO and whistleblowing | Suesspiciousminds

Thank you to Sueesspiciousminds for his post of 10th December 2018 regards the matter of: A & B (care orders and placement orders – failures) [2018] EWFC 72 (30 November 2018) http://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWFC/HCJ/2018/72.html   The following extract is from Mr Justice Keehan's judgement: 50.I am appalled at the manner in which and the serial occasions on which the … Continue reading Multiple failings, IRO and whistleblowing | Suesspiciousminds

Ofsted warns against ‘false economy’ of cuts to preventive services loading pressures onto social care | Community Care

Cuts by local authority funding are already impacting on children’s services, Ofsted has said. Ofsted’s national director for social care, Yvette Stanley, told Community Care that while most local areas are managing to make savings without compromising frontline services, “we are seeing resources reduced in terms of the whole continuum of early help and prevention … Continue reading Ofsted warns against ‘false economy’ of cuts to preventive services loading pressures onto social care | Community Care

BT & GT (Children : twins – adoption) [2018] EWFC 76 (29 November 2018)

In the matter of BT & GT (Children : twins - adoption) [2018] EWFC 76 (29 November 2018), Mr Justice Keehan has awarded costs against a local authority for the "serious and serial basis" of failures towards two children. Keehan said the IROs in this matter had 'failed to take any steps to oversee and/or … Continue reading BT & GT (Children : twins – adoption) [2018] EWFC 76 (29 November 2018)

#EqualityMatters: Tackling inequalities faced by Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities

The Women and Equalities Committee has held a session examining violence against women and girls from Gypsy Roma and Traveller (GRT) communities. In particular, the Committee examined: The context in which abusive relationships may arise in GRT communities The barriers that GRT women face when trying to leave abusive situations The relationship between GRT communities … Continue reading #EqualityMatters: Tackling inequalities faced by Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities