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”

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…

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”

Children in Charge: the original proposal

Download the full paper: Children in Charge This paper, from November 2016, is an attempt at rethinking the systemic problems facing the funding and commissioning of care services and placements for children in need of care and adoption, across ALL types and specialisms of placement, from kinship care, through foster care, to residential care andContinue reading “Children in Charge: the original proposal”

Commitment must be matched by deeds, not just words

Wednesday 20 June 2018 Kenny McGhee is the Throughcare and Aftercare Lead at CELCIS. Here he continues the conversation started in Gordon Main’s recent blog Commitment, like love, is not enough. “For some people, the emotional content of the work of residential child care can be at times overwhelming and committing emotionally to a healingContinue reading “Commitment must be matched by deeds, not just words”

Commitment, like love, is not enough

Gordon Main, Monday 4 June 2018 “If there is anything that children need from parents, even more than food and shelter, it is knowing that parents are committed to them” (Mary Dozier, This is My Child, 2005) Our current practice, culture and systems in caring for children who are unable to live with their parentsContinue reading “Commitment, like love, is not enough”