Lifelong Links

Aims to ensure that a child in care has a positive support network around them to help them during their time in care and in adulthood. Family Rights Group supports local authorities to implement Lifelong Links with children in care. Training Lifelong Links coordinators, publishing tools and resources and providing consultancy support. Lifelong Links hadContinue reading “Lifelong Links”

from independence to interdependence

“The leaving care process is awkward to write about; it’s difficult to talk about a young person leaving care, when some young people reflect that we don’t leave care, care leaves us. It’s difficult to write about moving into independence as this insinuates a reliance on self-sufficiency, on facing and going at the world alone.Continue reading “from independence to interdependence”

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”

Secure units and young people: In search of home to call your own

Originally posted on Promoting Open Justice in the Court of Protection:
By Anna Rebowska, 2nd September 2021 An earlier blog post reports on a COP case in which a 17-year-old girl (anonymised as “N”) endured numerous placement breakdowns and found herself repeatedly detained in Emergency Department and in police stations for her own protection and…

The Care Experienced ‘diaspora’

Jul 27, 2021 | Sean #CEP “A diaspora is a scattered population whose origin lies in a separate geographic locale. Typically characterised by the Jewish experience or those of Scots/Irish, African or Romany heritage. That is, large scale populations that have emigrated or dispersed and have most often become forever separated from their roots. IContinue reading “The Care Experienced ‘diaspora’”

Is it time for all policy to consider the needs of care leavers?

Posted on July 20, 2021 by Christine Garrington Every policy should take into account the needs of care-leavers, participants at the launch of a major new research report on outcomes from a childhood in care were told. The Nuffield Foundation funded study, which pushes forward the boundaries of knowledge by looking at what happens inContinue reading “Is it time for all policy to consider the needs of care leavers?”

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, 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”

“Could an Increased Focus on Identity Development in the Provision of Children’s Services Help Shape Positive Outcomes for Care Leavers?”

A Literature Review: Child Care in Practice: Vol 24, No 1, Published online: 16 Aug 2016, Lara Ferguson “Children’s Services in this review is taken to mean all agencies involved in the provision of services to children and young people in and leaving care. Although outcomes for children in care have improved in recent years,Continue reading ““Could an Increased Focus on Identity Development in the Provision of Children’s Services Help Shape Positive Outcomes for Care Leavers?””

Connectedness, Belonging and Children’s Homes to 21

Forum Member, Jonathan Stanley, 16/04/2014 Research consistently shows that leaving care before a young person is ready for independence tends to lead to poor outcomes. “Readiness” is the ability of looked after young people and care leavers to care effectively for themselves, and it covers a range of important, developmental areas: secure, positive social &Continue reading “Connectedness, Belonging and Children’s Homes to 21”

Children in Care – a personal reflection

By Ed Nixon – The Therapeutic Care Journal, April 2018 A spiral of inter-generational failed attachments I am not a therapist and have no expertise in that field but I do know, as a social worker and former manager of fostering and residential services that simply caring for children without a therapeutic base is bothContinue reading “Children in Care – a personal reflection”