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 →

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 →

Social work reform

In a Community Care article by Judy Cooper posted on October 14, 2015 Directors have warned against a two-tier social work education system. The Association of Directors of Children's Services (ADCS) has also expressed fears that "accreditation of children's social workers could become additional burden." Read more at source: Directors warn against two-tier social work education system Also worth reading Extract... Continue Reading →

Family Rights Group Press Release: challenges facing kinship children & their carers

Cathy Ashley, Chief Executive of Family Rights Group, has said: “The two studies released today, combine to provide authoritative new data on the challenges facing kinship children and their carers. The number of children living in kinship care are increasing, and these children are overwhelmingly affected by poverty. “By safely keeping the vast majority of... Continue Reading →

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