COVID-19: Guidance for Independent Reviewing Officers and IRO Managers

NIROMP have produced the following guidance for Independent Reviewing Officers and IRO Managers. It will be kept under regular review by NIROMP to ensure that it reflects the evolving picture and that IROs and IRO Managers have the practice guidance required to support them in their work. COVID-19: Guidance for Independent Reviewing Officers and IRO … Continue reading COVID-19: Guidance for Independent Reviewing Officers and IRO Managers

THE ADOPTION AND CHILDREN (CORONAVIRUS) (AMENDED) REGULATIONS 2020

On Friday 24 April 2020, the Government passed a statutory instrument, the Adoption and Children (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020, making potentially significant changes to the Care Planning, Placement and Case Review Regulations 2010. These regulations make significant temporary changes to the rights and entitlements of children and young people living in care. They apply to … Continue reading THE ADOPTION AND CHILDREN (CORONAVIRUS) (AMENDED) REGULATIONS 2020

Care leavers’ well-being during the Covid-19 Pandemic: Key Messages for Leaving Care Workers

Guest piece post from: Linda Briheim-Crookall, Head of Policy and Practice Development New Insight paper from Coram Voice: Coram Voice has collated this new Insight Paper. Please circulate to any contacts who you think it may be useful to. Responding to Coronavirus is a challenge for us all and no different in our work with children … Continue reading Care leavers’ well-being during the Covid-19 Pandemic: Key Messages for Leaving Care Workers

Keeping children in touch with their families during ‘lockdown’ | Professor Beth Neil

a call to action Restrictions on social contact which are necessary during the current period of “lockdown” are having a huge impact on the links children in care can maintain with members of their birth family. Early feedback from a rapid response research study, funded by the Nuffield Family Justice Observatory, and carried out by … Continue reading Keeping children in touch with their families during ‘lockdown’ | Professor Beth Neil

Two-week rapid consultation on remote hearings in the Family Court launched

First published: 14 April 2020 |Family Court|News President of the Family Division, Sir Andrew McFarlane The President of the Family Division, Sir Andrew McFarlane is pleased to announce the commencement of a two-week rapid consultation on the use of remote hearings in the family justice system, starting today (Tuesday 14 April 2020). This research project … Continue reading Two-week rapid consultation on remote hearings in the Family Court launched

DfE proposes banning unregulated placements for children under 16

Reforms to unregulated provision for children in care and care leavers Visit DfE website for more info: https://consult.education.gov.uk/unregulated-provision/unregulated-provision-children-in-care/ Closes: 8 Apr 2020 Opened: 12 Feb 2020 Contact: 0370 000 2288 Submit your views: CSCUnregulated.consultation@education.gov.uk DfE proposes banning unregulated placements for children under 16The government has proposed making it illegal to place under-16s in unregulated accommodation, … Continue reading DfE proposes banning unregulated placements for children under 16

Investigation into the impact of child poverty

NIROMP are keen to support this important @CPAGUK and @CWIP_Research investigation into the impact of child poverty. Views are being gathered via a survey of children and families social workers in England. Download more about the survey. The deadline for submissions is 6th March 2020. More information including how to contribute via this link: Understanding … Continue reading Investigation into the impact of child poverty

All is not well in the family courts …

This talk by Sir James Munby (lately President of the Family Division of the High Court of Justice of England and Wales) at a Conference in Edinburgh on 10 February 2020 of Shared Parenting Scotland is an interesting read. Sir James Munby states: Time is running out to address all these problems. These continuing attacks … Continue reading All is not well in the family courts …

2020 Social Care Point in Time #Adoption #fostercare #Residential

Ofsted has sent surveys to social care providers to find out about the experiences of the children, parents, staff and professionals involved. Please encourage children, parents, staff and professionals to share their views about the providers they are involved with and that Ofsted inspect. The survey will close on Friday 27 March. If you’re a … Continue reading 2020 Social Care Point in Time #Adoption #fostercare #Residential

SUPPORTING KINSHIP CARE

In whatever form it takes, NIROMP believe that Kinship Care is an important and valuable route to settled, permanent care for many children. ABOUT kinship care Kinship care is when family members or friends take on the care of children who, for many different reasons, are unable to remain living at home with their parents. … Continue reading SUPPORTING KINSHIP CARE