Updated advice issued on information sharing for people who provide safeguarding services to children, young people, parents and carers.

The Department for Education has recently issued updated advice. This advice replaces ‘Information sharing: advice for practitioners providing safeguarding services (2015)’. It is for practitioners and senior managers – to help you to decide when and how to share personal information legally and professionally. It includes information about the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) – highlighting … Continue reading Updated advice issued on information sharing for people who provide safeguarding services to children, young people, parents and carers.

Making Special Guardianship Order before child has lived with prospective carers

Originally posted on suesspiciousminds:
This Court of Appeal decision raises a number of interesting and important issues. (It doesn’t have anything amusing in it or any 80s references, but you can’t have it all.  If you want, you can momentarily imagine that this is some litigation involving Barry Chuckle and Jimmy Krankie having a dispute…

Children’s views about their experiences of living in children’s homes or living with foster carers

Children need to understand why they came into care. This is the response from those living in care on whether they had been helped to understand why they came into care https://t.co/b1f4L0T2yu pic.twitter.com/0jfIBg74vE — Ofsted (@Ofstednews) 4 April 2018 Source: Ofsted  Originally published: 04 April 2018 Ofsted has published a report looking at what children … Continue reading Children’s views about their experiences of living in children’s homes or living with foster carers

Call to action – kinship carers hit by the new child tax credit limit

Family Rights Group Petition: Exempt kinship care households from the 2 child restriction on child tax credit There are around 200,000 children being raised by kinship carers across the UK. Kinship carers are grandparents, older siblings and other relatives and friends who step in to care for children, many of whom would otherwise be in the … Continue reading Call to action – kinship carers hit by the new child tax credit limit

Family Rights Group Press Release: challenges facing kinship children & their carers

Cathy Ashley, Chief Executive of Family Rights Group, has said: “The two studies released today, combine to provide authoritative new data on the challenges facing kinship children and their carers. The number of children living in kinship care are increasing, and these children are overwhelmingly affected by poverty. “By safely keeping the vast majority of … Continue reading Family Rights Group Press Release: challenges facing kinship children & their carers

Child safety: New online tool for parents and carers

The new online service, called Parent Info, will help give parents and carers the information needed to help keep children safe. Parents and carers can now face a minefield of issues impacting on children’s safety. The intention behind this initiative is to empower families, to help parents and carers spot some of the warning signs for example in … Continue reading Child safety: New online tool for parents and carers

Using video chats for family time

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

STEPLADDER OF ACHIEVEMENT – Helping young people develop financial know-how

Stepladder of Achievement The Stepladder of Achievement is an online learning tool for 15-25 year olds to develop financial know-how and for making plans for your future. It has six Steps for to work through. And it’s free to use! A certificate of completion is provided on completion of all 6 steps. Additional benefits include … Continue reading STEPLADDER OF ACHIEVEMENT – Helping young people develop financial know-how

NEWS: Government responds to Children’s Social Care Review

By Sharon Martin, NIROMP Chair on 2nd February 2023 The long-awaited Department for Education implementation strategy includes welcome focus on ‘Putting love, relationships and a stable home at the heart of being a child in care’ and rejection of the proposal to remove the Independent reviewing officer role. On advocacy, the DfE has said it … Continue reading NEWS: Government responds to Children’s Social Care Review