A More enlightened approach to Residential Care

A message from Forum Chair Gillian Wagner

Ever since the publication of A Positive Choice in
1988, the members of the Residential Forum, which was set up shortly
afterwards to ensure its recommendations were not forgotten, have sought
to promote high standards of care for children and adults in
residential care homes , residential special schools and similar
establishments. We did this first by publishing a series of booklets on
different aspects of Residential Care and then by holding bi-annual of
workshops to develop care practice informed by our vision of a positive
experience in residential care.  This year we will be celebrating our
30th anniversary, which is something of a triumph for a small
independent organisation which has had some help, but has been in large
part self funded.

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Times
change and there are new challenges to be faced, and the Forum is
looking at different ways in which to carry out its mission, not only to
promote high standards of care in residential establishments but to
promote a good quality of life for children and adults. The Forum is now
working on a project to develop ways for local communities to gain a
greater say in the sort of care and support they want. The  essence of
this approach is to strengthen the voice of local people and for them to
decide how and what they want in the form of a local plan  To this end
the Forum has produced  the Neighbourhood Residential Living Networks,
a project that seeks to develop and test ways for communities to
develop their own care and support plans, taking into account the
contributions of all community assets, including volunteers, businesses
and public facilities. We are at an early stage of development, but have
already received valuable support for this project which we feel would
lead to a more enlightened approach to the provision of residential
care.

Further the Forum has set up a blog
site which has been in use for nearly a year and the various topics
discussed include culture and leadership, staff retention and markets. Our overall objective is to build an online community round the shared
goals of the Residential Forum

Published by Residential Forum

The Residential Forum is to promote the achievement of high standards of care and support for children and adults living in residential care and nursing homes, supported housing, residential schools and colleges, hospices and hostels. It contributes to improving the quality of service to the public. Members of the Forum are people of standing and experience drawn from the public, private and voluntary sectors, as well as some who can speak for service users and carers.

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