Unprotected, overprotected

This report looks at how services are meeting the needs of young people with learning disabilities who experience, or are at risk of, sexual exploitation and warns that a low level of understanding of learning disabilities can prevent social workers from properly protecting children from sexual exploitation. Source: released by Barnardo's on 10th September and posted on Community... Continue Reading →

Groundbreaking move by government

The government has launched a new online tool for schools across the country to give parents and carers the best possible advice and tips on preparing children for adult life. Children now grow up in a world where computer technology and life on the internet is the norm. With access at their fingertips, it can be even... Continue Reading →

Why Virtual Schools Should Support Adopted Children

3An interesting blog piece written from the perspective of an adoptive parent, Gareth Marr.

Gareth Marr

“Adopted children are likely to be the most traumatised children in the country. They have been adopted because they cannot go back to their birth family. Their life and sanity is so threatened that they have to be totally severed from their previous existence. Many Children in Care will go back to their birth families. Those with Special Guardianship Orders or Child Arrangement Orders can have contact with their birth family. Their identity, who they are, where they come from, has not been severed and they have not been placed with strangers.” 

This quote came from my presentation to a seminar my Local Authority held in June on extending the support of our Virtual School to adopted and other vulnerable children. You can see the programme here: Agenda-DCS seminar programme It caused a few gasps amongst the audience of children care professionals and Virtual School staff. Of course they will have…

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SEND Reforms: Preparing for Adulthood

The SEND reforms requires changes to processes and different ways of thinking about outcomes, co- production, and what it takes to support a young person to move into adulthood. A number of helpful resources have been produced by the Preparing for Adulthood programme in partnership with Helen Sanderson Associates. Extracts from the various publication may be reproduced for non-commercial research,... Continue Reading →

DfE consults on the changing use of special guardianship orders

A reminder that this consultation closes 18th September. The National IRO Manager Partnership is submitting a response. Thoughts and comments should therefore be sent to your regional lead by 14th September. Regional lead details can be found in this sites ‘Events & Regions’ page.


The Department for Education (DfE) is consulting on the changing use of special guardianship orders (SGOs) following concern that the assessment process for SGOs may not be sufficiently robust. The DfE wants to work with stakeholders through consultation and review to understand the reasons behind the changes. It will use the review to help inform any potential changes to the law and guidance.

The consultation closes at 5pm on 18 September 2015 and the National IRO Manager Partnership is in the process of consulting its members as part of a coordinated national response.

Expert Advisory Group
The review will be overseen by an Expert Advisory Group representing practitioners, local authorities, academics, representative organisations such as the National IRO Manager Partnership and a judicial observer.

Find out more
Members can contact their regional leads for more information about how to contribute to the national response here: https://iromdfe.wordpress.com/national-representatives/

The consultation document is here:

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