SMART thinking for Residential Child Care for the next 5 years

The reason and direction for this document

The children’s homes sector has not benefited from a national strategy. This document is designed to propel strategic actions. It acts as a firm steer for the DfE Residential Care Leadership Board as to the thinking of children’s homes providers.

The Narey report is too disparate to provide a foundation for a strategy. Other social care statements by ADCS, LGA or think tanks have been high level, with aspirations and ambitions with a focus on the end result, the destinations.

The sector and the situation have complexities that have to be incorporated into strategy, sophistication not simplification is needed. This document starts from the actions that can be taken now.

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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