Care Proceedings in England: The case for clear blue water | Isabelle Trowler

This policy briefing highlights the findings from an exploratory study of care proceedings in 4 local authorities across England. The study found that the vast majority of decisions taken to initiate care proceedings were certainly reasonable but the question is whether or not they were always necessary. The study found that the difficulties facing families … Continue reading Care Proceedings in England: The case for clear blue water | Isabelle Trowler

Westminster Hall Debate on findings of the Care Crisis Review House of Commons – 5 September 2018

The increase in care applications highlighted by the Care Crisis review is alarming. However, it must be set within the wider context of rising demand and pressure across the children’s social care system, which illustrates the growing number of children and families who now rely on state support. Read at source: Westminster Hall Debate on findings … Continue reading Westminster Hall Debate on findings of the Care Crisis Review House of Commons – 5 September 2018

Concern expressed over “misleading” myth-busting guide

NIROMP has joined forces with 49 other organisations and social work experts to urge the withdrawal of key sections of new ‘myth busting’ guide about England's care system. The so-called 'myth busting' guidance is on the Children’s Social Care Innovation site.The joint letter was sent to the Minister for Children and Families today, and copied to … Continue reading Concern expressed over “misleading” myth-busting guide

Ofsted finds Brent is Good for children!

Ofsted Inspection of Brent children's social care services has praised the significant improvements in the quality of social work practice for children. The experiences and progress of children in care and care leavers in Brent is "outstanding". Senior leaders in Brent recognise and prioritise the needs of children and young people. They "focus their attention on the … Continue reading Ofsted finds Brent is Good for children!

Essential reading: Care Crisis Review

Originally posted on 13.6.18, we are re-posting links to this important review. It needs to be treated as essential reading.  Family Rights Group have facilited a seven month sector-led Review into the care crisis. The Review is supported by stakeholders within the child welfare and family justice system. The Review's aims to examine the reasons … Continue reading Essential reading: Care Crisis Review

New: #carecrisisreview report

Family Rights Group have facilited a seven month sector-led Review into the care crisis. The Review is supported by stakeholders within the child welfare and family justice system. The Review's aims: to examine the reasons for the rise in care proceedings and number of children in care to at all times retain a focus on … Continue reading New: #carecrisisreview report

Guest post | My thoughts on the role of the IRO | By Ian Dickson

The views expressed in this post are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the position of the National IRO Managers Partnership.  Guest post by Ian Dickson on June 3, 2018 I am a care experienced person. I am also a social worker, and one who spent years managing and then inspecting residential services. One … Continue reading Guest post | My thoughts on the role of the IRO | By Ian Dickson

Looking for the right opportunity to significantly contribute to improving outcomes for children and young people? #IRO #Job

Independent Reviewing Officer (IRO): Job description Band 15, £39,002 to 41,846 pro rata for part-time hours. Part-time and full-time applications welcome Location: Scarborough up to 37 hours and Selby up to 18.5 hours, negotiable. Are you looking for a challenging and exciting role in a dedicated team? Do you have a passion for ensuring that … Continue reading Looking for the right opportunity to significantly contribute to improving outcomes for children and young people? #IRO #Job

Featured Job: Independent Reviewing Officer – Bradford

Great news from Jim Hopkinson Deputy Director Children's Social Care, Bradford Children's Services Job details Department of Children’s Services Safeguarding & Reviewing Unit Role: Independent Reviewing Officer Closing Date: 30th April 2018 Job Profile:  Independent Reviewing Officer JP.doc Salary: PO4  £36,379 - £39,177 pa Hours of work: 1 x 22 hours per week Based at: Margaret McMillan Tower, Princess Way, Bradford, BD1 … Continue reading Featured Job: Independent Reviewing Officer – Bradford

Featured Job Vacancies: Independent Reviewing Officer – Coventry City Council

Job Number: B&H02433 Contract Type: Full-time permanent Job details: Job Description and Person Specification - word Salary: £41,025 - £46,257 per annum Closing Date: 30 Apr 2018 Advert introduction Coventry City Council are looking to recruit Independent Reviewing Officers to play a crucial role in promoting best outcomes for Children Looked After (including Short Breaks) and those … Continue reading Featured Job Vacancies: Independent Reviewing Officer – Coventry City Council