Social care is a prisoner of its history

David Brindle is a care sector commentator and former public services editor of the Guardian. His opinion for Social Care Today, 19 July 2021…. Social care is in many ways a prisoner of its history. Serial failure by governments of the past 25 years to put it on a sustainable footing is ascribed usually to politicalContinue reading “Social care is a prisoner of its history”

The role and task of Residential Child Care – there is no such thing as a ‘children’s home’ only children’s homes

21st July 2021, Jonathan Stanley, Residential Forum member, Blog for NCERCC This is raised as an area for focus in the Case for Change. What is immediately apparent is that there is a diversity of needs, and so a diversity of response. There is no such thing as a children’s home, as a singular typology,Continue reading “The role and task of Residential Child Care – there is no such thing as a ‘children’s home’ only children’s homes”

Criminalisation rate for children in residential care reduces

The Howard League is undertaking a programme of work to end the criminalisation of children living in residential care. The latest Department for Education data shows that the numbers of children looked after continuously for at least 12 months has increased from 4,050 in year ending 31 March 2015 to 5,210 in year ending 31Continue reading “Criminalisation rate for children in residential care reduces”

Our Care Our Say: “Is this the time people are going to listen?”

The ‘Our Care, Our Say’ report sets out what care experienced people think should be done. This report ensures that the advice from care experienced people is spelled-out loud and clear.  It is hoped by all those who contributed to the survey and event that the views set out in this report will inform theContinue reading “Our Care Our Say: “Is this the time people are going to listen?””

Children’s homes workforce literature review and call for evidence

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) recommended in its Interim Report (April 2018), that the Department for Education (DfE) introduces registration of staff working in care roles in children’s homes. They recommended an independent body be responsible for setting and maintaining standards of training, conduct and continuing professional development, with the power toContinue reading “Children’s homes workforce literature review and call for evidence”

Supporting People living with dementia in Extra Care Housing

ABOUT THE PROJECT Extra Care Housing is an increasingly popular form of housing for older people, often as a preferred alternative to a care home. Many people appreciate the independence that having their own apartment within an Extra Care Housing scheme can offer, while also being able to access help and support, enjoying opportunities forContinue reading “Supporting People living with dementia in Extra Care Housing”

Social care reform: it’s more than just money

Clive Bowman, Residential Forum member, has a new blog on the website of the International Longevity Centre UK. An interesting contribution that focuses on the particular challenges around care homes and older people. The propositions are both directed at the systems and as well as the structures of social care. They are big and boldContinue reading “Social care reform: it’s more than just money”

Data on notifications of COVID-19 deaths received from individual care homes expected to be published at July CQC public Board meeting

“Providers will be given advance sight of the information they have previously provided to us to ensure they have had the right conversations with people in their care and their loved ones. It will also give our Board the opportunity to have a full public discussion about this data. The data will let people seeContinue reading “Data on notifications of COVID-19 deaths received from individual care homes expected to be published at July CQC public Board meeting”

Children’s social care questionnaires 2021

Summary of findings This year, we received over 7,400 more responses to the survey from all audience types than we did last year. The number of responses from children was more or less the same as last year. While a lot of children said that they would like COVID-19 (coronavirus) to ‘go away’, they commentedContinue reading “Children’s social care questionnaires 2021”

Care home concerns

“One from the Archive“, Community Care 2001. (Residential Forum) “The new inspection and regulation regime for care homes will mean a major shake-up of the sector. It will also cast light on the efficacy or otherwise of private public partnerships, says Yasmin Alibhai-Brown.” “The aim is not to cause chaos in the sector but toContinue reading “Care home concerns”