Walking in Fred’s shoes

Hearing and listening to the voice of the child To highlight the significance of the experience of a child, we created the fictional example of a young person called Fred and followed his journey from pre-birth to continuing care to help us to map and understand our current processes. Fred’s journey illustrated what his experienceContinue reading “Walking in Fred’s shoes”

Calls for new national care service for children, families and care experienced people

TACT – UK fostering charity, has published a paper urging the Independent Review of Children’s Social Care (IRCSC) to recommend that the DfE establish a ground-breaking new national care service – the National Care Family (NCF), covering fostering, adoption, kinship, residential, foster, and secure care. The proposed service would also take over responsibility for childrenContinue reading “Calls for new national care service for children, families and care experienced people”

Introduction to children’s homes

When and how to register with Ofsted if you want to open or manage a children’s home or secure children’s home. GOV.UK Source: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/how-to-open-a-childrens-home?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&utm_source=fa2d638f-2aea-4c5a-b08f-05660edea175&utm_content=daily

Our reflections on recruiting staff for our new children’s home – Lighthouse Children’s Homes

“Having recently finished our first full round of recruitment a few weeks ago, I have been reflecting on some of the key learnings from this experience” (Sinead Kirrane, Senior Development Manager). Recruiting a team The value of young people’s perspectives Working in a children’s home isn’t about sitting behind a desk all day, so whyContinue reading “Our reflections on recruiting staff for our new children’s home – Lighthouse Children’s Homes”

The Boy from the Kids Home…

John Radoux I was six years old when I stepped foot in a children’s home for the first time, although I have no recollection of that initial experience. It must have been confusing, but perhaps there would have been relief too — the foster carers my brother and I had moved from were not veryContinue reading “The Boy from the Kids Home…”

‘You need to work towards going back to foster care’

…how the narrative around children’s homes puts blame on young people by John Radoux, May 2019 Residential children’s homes are often seen as a last resort or second best to foster homes, and that has an effect on some children in care. Others have written and spoken eloquently about the use of language – IContinue reading “‘You need to work towards going back to foster care’”