“Because I Grew Up In An Orphanage”

I was raised in care of the state. I am neither proud of it or ashamed of it. I would like to live in a world where future care leavers don’t suffer long silences & superficial victim or bootstraps narratives…… Read this blog in full at… Benjamin Perks : Blogsite source: https://benjaminperksblog.home.blog/2019/08/19/because-i-grew-up-in-an-orphanage/ NB: This isContinue reading ““Because I Grew Up In An Orphanage””

Promoting child-friendly approaches in the area of migration

A review of standards, guidance and practices from 2019 Stephanie Rap, Council of Europe Worth a read – although there is a lot of it! Download the PDF from Academia Source: https://www.academia.edu/resource/work/41616427

Places like home

A really good and significant blog from Lucy Series that warrants setting aside the time to read and digest…. (the opinion of the Residential Forum) “Home is not the same as being ‘homely’ or ‘homelike’ – it is not about murals or pictures or wallpaper or knick-knacks, tablecloths and doilies. It is not even aboutContinue reading “Places like home”

Lifelong Links

Aims to ensure that a child in care has a positive support network around them to help them during their time in care and in adulthood. Family Rights Group supports local authorities to implement Lifelong Links with children in care. Training Lifelong Links coordinators, publishing tools and resources and providing consultancy support. Lifelong Links hadContinue reading “Lifelong Links”

House of Generations

First soil turned for a prototype of future care homes that mixes generations Sølund is an ambitious pioneering prototype for integrated urban nursing homes of the future which also acts as a driver for the development of Nørrebro district in Copenhagen. The building includes 360 nursing home units, 150 youth housing, and 20 senior homes,Continue reading “House of Generations”

A Forgotten Crisis: Adults who have been in Care Struggling with Poor Health and High Mortality

Sophia Alexandra Hall, 18 November 2021 “People who spent their childhoods in the UK’s care system are twice as likely to die prematurely, according to a report. Care leavers can often experience discrimination from both the state and from other people. They may face stigma or structural barriers that can have a long-term impact onContinue reading “A Forgotten Crisis: Adults who have been in Care Struggling with Poor Health and High Mortality”

Surviving and thriving as a care leaver

In conversation with Kim Emenike BY NIKKI ADEBIYI, FOUNDER @BOUNCE BLACK, 25 October 2021 Read the interview with care leaver Kim at… @BOUNCE BLACK source: https://bounceblack.org/2021/10/25/care-leaver-kim-emenike-interview/ Read more about Kim’s journey in and beyond care in her interview with the BBC here. Support resources for care leavers: BECOME: The charity for children and young peopleContinue reading “Surviving and thriving as a care leaver”

You are leaving it too late to save your Care Home

There is a universal truth….. A Care Home will ALWAYS reflect its manager. This is a hard truth but true all the same. I have seen it again and again. The life of a care home is not a straight line. It has ups and downs, good times and bad times. Things can sometimes getContinue reading “You are leaving it too late to save your Care Home”

Partnerships for Progress

Ty Seren is a Residential Family Centre in Bridgend, South Wales that is operated by Partnerships for Progress (PfP). They “offer a service to families that face the prospect of children being removed from their parents’ care, but who, with the right support, may develop their abilities to continue to care for their children onContinue reading “Partnerships for Progress”

The Woman Fighting for Care Leavers’ Right to Housing

by Emily Goddard, November 2021 If you’ve been raised in the care system, it can be almost impossible to find a guarantor for a rental property. Mary-anne Hodd is changing that. There is a solution to the problems care leavers face when trying to move into independent rented accommodation, Hodd says. The idea came toContinue reading “The Woman Fighting for Care Leavers’ Right to Housing”

Institutions for Deaf Children

An illustrative page from http://www.childrenshomes.org.uk/ which documents the detailed history of children’s homes in Britain – orphanages, homes for those in poverty, or with special needs, reformatories…. Once you start exploring this site you could become engrossed… Source: Institutions for Deaf Children

Secure Care Pathway and Standards, Scotland

The Secure Care Pathway and Standards, Scotland were launched on the 5th October 2020. These national standards for secure care set out what support children should expect from professionals when in the community or secure care. The Secure Care Pathway and Standards Scotland will ensure support is provided before, during and after care and thatContinue reading “Secure Care Pathway and Standards, Scotland”

Quality4Children Standards

Over 500 people with experience in alternative child care, including children and young people, their biological families and care persons from more than 30 European countries, contributed to the development of the Quality4Children Standards. The Standards were launched at the European Parliament in June 2007 and are available in 27 languages. SOS Children’s Villages International developedContinue reading “Quality4Children Standards”

The Promise Scotland’s Response to the Competition and Markets Authority’s (CMA’s) Interim Report on the Children’s Social Care Market

Published on 22nd October 2021 In February 2020, Scotland accepted the conclusions of the Care Review  in full and made the promise that its most vulnerable children would no longer be profited from: Throughout the preceding 3 years, the work undertaken by the Care Review to ‘Follow the Money’ showed that there are significant amountsContinue reading “The Promise Scotland’s Response to the Competition and Markets Authority’s (CMA’s) Interim Report on the Children’s Social Care Market”

Community-based Care

Transition to community-based care: the role of the EU Hundreds of thousands of children, persons with disabilities, persons with mental health problems, homeless persons and older people across Europe continue to live in long-stay institutions where they face lives of social exclusion, poverty and labour market exclusion. In order to promote social inclusion of people withContinue reading “Community-based Care”