LET’S BUILD SOMETHING TOGETHER Author: Martin Barrow @MartinBarrow Local authority foster carer, journalist. The bunk beds in the children’s room have been part of the family, well, forever. They once belonged to our now grown-up daughters, and over the years have been a resting place for foster children trying to sleep away their worries and … Continue reading NIROMP Guest Post by Martin Barrow as part of our Covid-19 Short Stories series
The current coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has demanded that IROs, IRO managers and social workers make adjustments to practice extremely quickly. One area of practice that has required a rapid rethink is how links between children and their birth families are promoted. This recently published research by Neil, E., Copson, R., and Sorensen, P. (2020). Contact … Continue reading Using video chats for family time
NIROMP are excited to help promote this campaign launch from the National Independent Visitor Network. Please join us in participating in this collaborative twitter campaign today Monday 1st June, to raise awareness of the difference an Independent Visitor can make to the life of children in care. What can you do? 1. Make your own poster. You can … Continue reading NIROMP: Proud supporters of ‘Right Friend Campaign’ #NIVN #RightFriend
Women’s Aid have in a variety of reports questioned whether the courts and practitioners have the correct training to apply these elements of domestic abuse. This round table event hosted by Jason Hadden and Alyssa Howard of chambers will include Dr Emma Katz, an expert at Liverpool Hope University on the impact of domestic violence … Continue reading Coming out of lockdown: What is controlling or coercive behaviour? Free event.
Independent Reviewing Officer - Hammersmith and Fulham Advert Text: An exciting opportunity has arisen in the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham as a full time, permanent Independent Reviewing Officer (IRO) in our Safeguarding, Review and Quality Assurance Service. Hammersmith & Fulham, rated nationally by Ofsted as one of the top Local Authorities, we never … Continue reading NEW: Independent Reviewing Officer opportunities!
serious case review 'Grace, lisa and carery' Abstract: Sexual abuse of three girls by their male foster carer. The victims, Grace, Lisa and Carey provided evidence to convict the perpetrator, who was sentenced to 9 years imprisonment. Perpetrator and his wife were approved foster carers from 1998 until their deregistration in December 2014. They had 38 … Continue reading Learning from Serious Case Reviews
This latest audit tool has been developed as part of NIROMP’s audit / improvement work - to contribute towards our strategic priority: “Secure Love and Care”. We recommend that this audit tool is used by IROs to support and quality assure the progress of permanence plans presented to the child’s second statutory care plan review. … Continue reading Audit tool to support early and effective permanency planning for looked after children.
https://twitter.com/FamilyRightsGp/status/1263394355315978240?s=20 Delivering family group conferences during the Coronavirus crisis This guide is written to help local authorities, during the crisis, to work in partnership with families in their localities to make workable plans for vulnerable children and adults who are struggling or are at risk. It describes how remote technology can be used to continue to enable family … Continue reading Delivering family group conferences during the Coronavirus crisis #ThankYou @FamilyRightsGp
Judgment of Cobb J concerning unregistered placements and the chronic issue of absence of satisfactory secure provision. This matter concerns Samantha (a name chosen by her for the judgment), an extremely vulnerable 15 year old young person. Samantha had difficult upbringing, and experienced a chaotic childhood with little security or stability. She has seriously self … Continue reading S (Child in care: Unregistered Placement)  EWHC 1012 (Fam)
This briefing paper highlights the main findings of a rapid research project undertaken during April 2020 by Professor Elsbeth Neil, Ruth Copson, and Dr Penny Sorensen at the Centre for Research on Children & Families, University of East Anglia. It was commissioned in order to try to urgently understand what means agencies were putting in … Continue reading Contact during lockdown: How are children and their birth families keeping…