New care applications highest ever for month of September

What is critical info in this debate is what %age of applications end up in full care orders? Risk can be managed in different ways. — Isabelle Trowler (@IsabelleTrowler) 14 October 2016 Source: Cafcass In September 2016, Cafcass received a total of 1,216 care applications. This figure represents a 23% increase compared to those … Continue reading New care applications highest ever for month of September

Council cut mother’s support months before seeking care order

Judge finds Cambridgeshire council’s withdrawal of support played ‘large part’ in events that led to it arguing her child should be taken into care. 'Cambridgeshire had concerns following the end of support over the mother’s apparent failure to disclose a friendship – and potential sexual relationship (which the mother denied) – with a man who … Continue reading Council cut mother’s support months before seeking care order

Unlocking Potential

A report by the Children's Commissioner for England has considered the safeguarding needs of young people in custody. Read the report of the Children's Commissioner here: Unlocking Potential Recommendations set out by the Children's Commissioner: Young people should only be placed in isolation as a last resort not very often not for a long time. Every time a young person is … Continue reading Unlocking Potential

Family Rights Group: Children’s Contact

Relevant reading for all IROs The Family Rights Group has carried out research into the contact that children being raised in family and friends care have with their parents and others. Read at source via the links below: Chapter 1: Introduction and acknowledgements Chapter 2: Legal framework Chapter 3: Key messages from international literature Chapter 4: … Continue reading Family Rights Group: Children’s Contact

Care Proceedings: Outcomes for children

Research funded by the Department of Health 'What Happened Next' (2014) has examined decision-making for children in care proceedings and has found that: Decisions made in care proceedings can contribute to reducing the odds of poor developmental outcomes for 'maltreated' (sic) children. Substitute families and apparent changes in birth families were associated with improvements in the children’s relationships and adaptation. … Continue reading Care Proceedings: Outcomes for children

IRO Challenge – How ‘Patrick’ was helped to return home

October 24th, 2015 This scenario shows how IROs’ use of professional ‘challenge’ enabled professionals to re-consider the significance of the child’s relationship with family. While recognising that it may occasionally be better for a child to stay separated from their family or to have limited contact, this scenario reminds us of the importance of robust … Continue reading IRO Challenge – How ‘Patrick’ was helped to return home

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 Special Guardianship Orders

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 Learning resources free online

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 Should vulnerable children’s resources be pooled and personalised?