The sufficiency enigma

This short paper written by Independent Children’s Home Association’s deputy CEO, Elizabeth Cooper, is being shared in the hope of it stimulating further discussion between all parties looking to improve the sufficiency of care placements for children. The residential childcare sector is known to have insufficient capacity to meet the needs of the children comingContinue reading “The sufficiency enigma”

Children in Care – Larry

Originally posted on Renegades Escapades:
(Larry’s name has been changed.) £1,200,000 ($1,630,000) is a lot of money. It’s the cost of four average homes in the U.K. or four years at University for thirty three students or the amount needed to support a family of four for 26 years. It’s also how much one Local…

Reimagining residential children’s homes

Published: 23/06/2020, Author: Tucker M This think piece explores decisions, processes and key challenges for those involved in decision-making for children either living in residential care, or for whom residential care is being considered. It is one of three available from Research in Practice as a digital download…It is a Premium Resource – that isContinue reading “Reimagining residential children’s homes”

Placing children for ‘welfare’ and ‘justice’ reasons together in secure children’s homes

Research report considering whether the practice of placing children together in secure children’s homes for justice and welfare reasons increases the risk of child sexual abuse. GOV.UK Source:

A New Way Home (Scottish Edition)

…a personalised approach to leaving institutions Scottish Edition by Frances Brown and John Dalrymple. Published by the Centre for Welfare Reform in association with Citizen Network Preface ‘… the difficulty of bringing people back home once they have been placed a long way away is so great that every effort should be made to avoidContinue reading “A New Way Home (Scottish Edition)”

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”

Labels that disable – meeting the complex needs of children in residential care

Janet Rich – independent child care consultant, August 2009 This paper is a practice based viewpoint grounded in the learning gained by the author from twenty years of delivering residential services to young people commonly regarded as ‘difficult to place’ or labelled as having ‘complex needs’. The main arguments presented are that residential care hasContinue reading “Labels that disable – meeting the complex needs of children in residential care”

Reimagining residential children’s homes – Commissioning children’s homes: Potential improvements and reforms (2020)

Published: 24/04/2020 | Author: Evans K Introduction This series of publications explores key issues identified by strategic planners, policy-makers and practitioners. It provides insights into current debates, research findings, practice developments and user experiences to inform the development of the residential children’s care sector. The series will be of particular interest to strategic leaders, commissionersContinue reading “Reimagining residential children’s homes – Commissioning children’s homes: Potential improvements and reforms (2020)”

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”