Born into care

This latest report by the Nuffield Family Justice Observatory 'Born into care: Newborns in care proceedings in England', summary report October 2018 is a must read for all IROs. The report was funded by the Nuffield Family Justice Observatory and written by a team of academics, using data provided by CAFCASS, the children and family... Continue Reading →

How one council is making children-in-care profiles focus on needs not risks

A sponsored feature from Norfolk County Council in this recently published Community Care release raises some interesting ideas. Edward Wong, head of localities at Norfolk County Council, says: “Placement profiles can be too focused on presenting risks.” Norfolk is one of several councils that are working with the social care consultancy iMPOWER to develop Valuing... Continue Reading →

Job opportunity: Solihull’s Children in Care are looking for an Independent Reviewing Officer

Solihull’s Children in Care are looking for an Independent Reviewing Officer: Recruiter Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council Location Chelmsley Wood Salary £40,858 - £50,575 Posted 01 Oct 2018 Closes 04 Nov 2018 Job Ref SOL000002315 Sector Health & Social Care / Work Job Type Social work: Children - Qualified Contract Type Full time permanent Working Pattern Standard Full-Time Site Internal/Redeployment, Internal, Redeployment, Continue Reading →

Safeguarding is about culture, not box-ticking | Ofsted blog

Emma Ing, Her Majesty’s inspector and Ofsted’s regional director for the East Midlands, asks: what is safeguarding? Earlier this month, Ofsted inspectors, school leaders and local authority representatives gathered at the Leicester Racecourse and Conference Centre to discuss 'what is safeguarding?'. They heard first-hand from local and national safeguarding experts about a range of problems, from... Continue Reading →

LGA calls on the Treasury to carry out a full assessment of “growing funding gaps”

The Local Government Association on Monday called on the Treasury to carry out a full assessment of “growing funding gaps” across the sector. A report by the National Audit Office in March said there 49% reduction in government funding for councils between 2010-11 and 2017-18. Read full piece at source: Treasury minister accused of... Continue Reading →

Child spies: use of juveniles as covert human intelligence sources

British police and intelligence agencies are using children as spies in covert operations against terrorists, gangs and drug dealers. A committee of the House of Lords revealed the practice in a report heard by the House of Lords Scrutiny Committee in July 2018. The report raised alarm over plans to give law enforcement bodies more freedom... Continue Reading →

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