Future of Adoption Publication Series | Rudd Adoption Research Program UMassAmherst

Source: The Rudd Centre, Adoption Research Program Future of Adoption Publication Series – essential reading for IROs Adoption practice, especially with regard to separating birth and adoptive families, has changed dramatically in the past several decades and the latest publication in this Future of Adoption Publication Series addresses the issue of contact. Two papers address... Continue Reading →

ARE WE VALUING CARE? Children’s services essay collection | iMPOWER

IROs know from experience that stable and well-matched care for children and young people in care often makes all the difference, but this paper argues that there is system failure in delivering this at scale. At a time when resources are so precious, the sector must tighten its control of the money spent on children... Continue Reading →

Families must be diverted away from courts, Trowler report argues

The government must do more to divert families with ‘entrenched’ problems away from the courts, research by the chief children’s social worker has concluded. The ‘Case for clear blue water’ briefing by Isabelle Trowler found too many marginal cases involving children at risk of significant harm were entering the family justice system. The study argued... Continue Reading →

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 →

Stability Index 2018 | Report by the Children’s Commissioner for England

The experience of children in the care system informs much of the work carried out by Anne Longfield, OBE Children's Commissioner for England. Many of the calls to the Commissioner's Help at Hand advice line involves children worried about unwanted changes of carer, social worker or the impact of school moves. The Children in Care Stability Index has... Continue Reading →


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