Residential child care, the under-valued, unacknowledged and untrained profession.

By Charles Sharpe – The Therapeutic Care Journal I believe that a significant number of troubled children and young people are best helped by the provision of  residential child care  Amongst these I would include those who, though they may for the time being not be able to live with their families, but who nonethelessContinue reading “Residential child care, the under-valued, unacknowledged and untrained profession.”

You wait 3 decades for a review of children’s care and 7 come along at once

22nd March 2021 Jonathan Stanley There is a serious issue to be resolved. There are 7 government or parliamentary reviews that are placing demands on the small residential child care sector. Each demands intense attention by the sector, each is slightly different, and there is overlap. The NCERCC publication ‘Reviewing the reviews from residential childContinue reading “You wait 3 decades for a review of children’s care and 7 come along at once”

Making ratios not relationships

By Beth Jay – The Therapeutic Care Journal 1st April 2021 Reminiscing back to my time as an agency worker working in children’s homes, emotions were mixed. The excitement of a new job, meeting new people, the desire to help looked-after children and young people, and a feeling of accomplishment in getting the work experienceContinue reading “Making ratios not relationships”

Scottish Journal of Residential Child Care Vol 20 No1

This is the first 2021 issue of SJRCC and with four original research papers, five shorter articles, and a book review, with accounts from Scotland, Northern Ireland, Canada, and Australia. This issue includes perspectives on the role of informal networks in young people transitioning from care, child rights education for young people involved in childContinue reading “Scottish Journal of Residential Child Care Vol 20 No1”

Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill 2021: secure schools factsheet – GOV.UK

What are we going to do? We are introducing a measure to ensure that operating a secure school can be a charitable activity. This measure will provide charitable providers confidence that they can operate secure schools in line with both their charitable objects and the government’s secure schools vision. We are also introducing a measureContinue reading “Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill 2021: secure schools factsheet – GOV.UK”

Forest View Residential Houses – Kibble: Specialist services & support for young people facing adversity

Forest View Residential Houses provide nurturing, residential care for children aged between five and twelve. Our two individual houses, Ness and Tay, provide beautiful four and five-bedroom accommodation for children with experience of trauma. Set in Lochwinnoch, a semi-rural village in the west of Scotland, Forest View is surrounded by trees, rugged landscapes and stunningContinue reading “Forest View Residential Houses – Kibble: Specialist services & support for young people facing adversity”

Review of Children’s Social Care in England formally launches and publishes early plans

Once-in-a-generation! The Residential Forum will posting a series of items on this Review and various other reviews/initiatives that have appeared simultaneously. These include the Competitions and Marketing Authority, the House of Commons Education Select Committee, the All Party Parliamentary Group for Looked after Children and Care Leavers, the House of Lords vulnerable children inquiry, theContinue reading “Review of Children’s Social Care in England formally launches and publishes early plans”

It seems our government has decided some children don’t need care

New regulations aim to give better support to children in care. But, writes Carolyne Willow, it appears that support ends at 16. A year ago this week, the Secretary of State for Education, Gavin Williamson, responded to a letter from the coroner who investigated the death of 17 year-old Jacob Bates. Jacob was one ofContinue reading “It seems our government has decided some children don’t need care”

CMA study of children’s social care provision

The Competition and Markets Authority has launched a study of children’s social care provision to establish why a lack of availability and increasing costs could be leading to the needs of children in care not being met. The study will examine the lack of availability and increasing costs in children’s social care provision, including children’sContinue reading “CMA study of children’s social care provision”

We need to stop our children being monetised

From Bernadette Meaden’s Blog In September 2020 the Children’s Commissioner reported: “local authorities can pay extortionate amounts for residential care – usually more than £4,000 a week, with local authorities reporting that the costs of such placements are rising sharply.” When children are 16 or older they may go into ‘unregulated accommodation’, where they receiveContinue reading “We need to stop our children being monetised”