IROs be warned: “Fast and the Furious – Tunbridge Wells Drift”

Posted on October 21, 2015 by suesspiciousminds All IROs should make the time to read this important blog about S20 drift Extract "... an important check and balance on social worker’s actions or inactions is supposed to be the Independent Reviewing Officer system. The IROs are supposed to hold social workers to account and make sure that things like this don’t happen.  There are... Continue Reading →

Special Guardianship Orders

Are decisions being made for the child, or the local authority? Community Care has asked leaders from the adoption, kinship care and fostering sectors for their views on how the rise in special guardianship orders has impacted permanency. EXTRACT "What we are seeing now, firstly through anecdote and now more robustly through the Research in Practice... Continue Reading →

Councils not outsourcing child protection despite legal change

Only four councils (two of which were forced) have delegated child protection functions to a third party provider since a controversial change in the law made by the government last year Read full article at source: Councils not outsourcing child protection despite legal change

Learning resources free online

These online learning resources are free and will be helpful to some parents and carers as well as professionals. Source: future learn Brief article: Bonding with the unborn baby  The University of Warwick Video: Why babies need experiences (04:53) Professor Jane Barlow: concepts of experience-expectant and experience-dependent brain development. The University of Warwick Video: Babies in Mind The University of Warwick Video: Understanding other... Continue Reading →

Care Planning & the Role of the IRO Report

The Centre for Research on the Child and Family (CRCF) at the University of East Anglia has undertaken research into current practice in care planning and the role of the IRO. Extract The aims of the project were to learn from the histories of the children and views of practitioners, parents and children, to identify key... Continue Reading →

Should vulnerable children’s resources be pooled and personalised?

The Children’s Commissioner for England, Anne Longfield, thinks they should. National and local budgets for vulnerable children should be pooled to enable them to flourish, the Children’s Commissioner for England has said. Anne Longfield OBE has called on authorities to involve children and families in decisions made about them and provide better support for vulnerable children as... Continue Reading →

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