This series of publications explores key issues identified by strategic planners, policy-makers and practitioners. It provides insights into current debates, research findings, practice developments and user experiences to inform the development of the residential children’s care sector. The series will be of particular interest to strategic leaders, commissioners and decision makers in children’s social care. The rate of change is particularly fast paced in this area of work so in order to be as responsive as possible we will release each individual think piece separately before releasing them together as a larger publication.
Chapter One – Understanding the national picture
This think piece provides a broad overview of residential children’s homes and a picture of national trends. It highlights the current challenges facing the sector as a whole.
Chapter Two – Commissioning children’s homes: Potential improvements and reforms
This think piece sets out why the area of children’s homes are unsustainable in its current form. Offering explanations, together with solutions and options for reform.
Chapter Three – Reimagining residential children’s homes: Placement decision-making
This think piece explores decisions, processes and key challenges for those involved in decision-making for children either living in residential care, or for whom residential care is being considered.