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”

Shannon Hassard

Originally posted on Renegades Escapades:
I only cry watching a certain type of movie. It’s when someone overcomes tremendous adversity to succeed beyond their wildest dreams. I can’t stop it, the tears just flow from my eyes as I witness a heroic act: David overcoming Goliath, Joan of Arc leading the French rebellion, Ghandi on…

Children, food and care

Iriss Insight 22, By Ruth Emond, Ian McIntosh, Samantha Punch and Claire Lightowler Published on 6 Nov 2013 13 min read (3458 words) This Iriss Insight reviews the evidence about how food practices affect children in different care settings, drawing heavily from the experience of children in foster and residential care. However, many of theContinue reading “Children, food and care”

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’”

Therapeutic residential care: A necessary option for foster youth with greater needs

The tide of opinion in the U.S. child welfare arena has been turning against institutional settings for foster youth for some time. A spate of reports of child abuse and improper disciplinary techniques in residential facilities for young people has intensified calls for the elimination of residential care as an option for foster youth. ButContinue reading “Therapeutic residential care: A necessary option for foster youth with greater needs”

Unlocking the Facts: Young people referred to Secure Children’s Homes

What Works for Children’s Social Care (WWCSC) has published a report Unlocking the facts: young people referred to secure children’s homes. The report, using DfE data and research conducted by CASCADE Cardiff University, builds a clearer image of the lives of young people referred to secure children’s homes and the differences between those offered aContinue reading “Unlocking the Facts: Young people referred to Secure Children’s Homes”

Rupture, repair & building resilience in residential care

Residential care is not somewhere kids should have to live. All children deserve a safe home with adults who care about them. Unfortunately, there are lots of kids who end up living in residential care with paid carers rostered to come into the unit and look after them. However, for one 11-year-old that we’ve beenContinue reading “Rupture, repair & building resilience in residential care”

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”

Residential child care – is it really necessary?

An extensive discussion thread started in 2010 by Charles Sharpe I’ve always thought that there are particular children and young people with difficulties for whom residential group care is a better option than foster care. A few among a number of “for instances” immediately spring to mind. Some children who are experiencing family difficulties andContinue reading “Residential child care – is it really necessary?”