‘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’”

Keeping the spirits up? A study about promoting good practice in relation to alcohol use in care homes for older people

In this blog Dr Sarah Wadd sets out her plan for a new care home study, funded by the National Institute for Health Research School for Social Care Research, which will explore issues around alcohol use in care homes. The questions they want to answer are:- What practices, rules and policies currently exist in relationContinue reading “Keeping the spirits up? A study about promoting good practice in relation to alcohol use in care homes for older people”

‘I suppose it’s probably time to start looking at a care home, isn’t it?’

by Andrew Maclaren 2021-04-27 We’re a group of researchers, from different disciplines who are working together to try and improve the lived experience of older people. Nearly everyone wants to stay in their own home for as long as they can. But sometimes this isn’t possible, and some people have to start thinking about alternatives,Continue reading “‘I suppose it’s probably time to start looking at a care home, isn’t it?’”

Residential Care and Education for Children and Young People under the age of 18

Ewan Anderson and Norman Cooke – The Therapeutic Care Journal The purpose of this paper is to identify and clarify sectors of Residential Care and Education provision for children and young people under the age of 18. The Children Act (1989) provided vital legislation across the field of residential care and education. It followed earlyContinue reading “Residential Care and Education for Children and Young People under the age of 18”


Residentialism, 29th June 2020, Jonathan Stanley, NCERCC and Residential Forum member Whatever ‘residentialism’ is, it is too important not to be stated as a means of starting its creation. Residentialism does not see itself as right or that group living is superior or supplants any other option for young people in care yet it assertsContinue reading “Residentialism”

Care Homes: When, Why and How to choose a Care Home

Who needs this care homes guide? Over 100,000 people who make this choice every year in the UK.   When is the right time to read it?   What you will find in the Care Homes Book   Introduction PART I: Considering Care 1. The Basics 2. How to avoid a care home PART II:Continue reading “Care Homes: When, Why and How to choose a Care Home”

Care homes – a positive choice?

Blog  |  Brendoncare: Dedicated to improving the quality of life for older people Care homes are as individual as the people who live in them. Every day, lives are enhanced by great services in care homes….. Families thank staff for the wonderful care they provide in the most challenging and difficult circumstances. That is what we shouldContinue reading “Care homes – a positive choice?”

A Positive Future…

1988 and residential services were low in public esteem and those who were concerned that residential care should be of high quality and be properly valued for its contribution were greatly concerned. Hence the Wagner Report – A Positive Choice. Now, 32 years later, Gillian Wagner acknowedges the continuing efforts of the Residential Forum toContinue reading “A Positive Future…”

Thirty-two years of covering social care, and older people are still neglected

Urgent reform was said to be needed to make residential care “A Positive Choice”, which was the title of the review’s two-volume findings. The dateline was March 1988. https://www.theguardian.com/society/2020/dec/22/thirty-two-years-of-covering-social-care-and-older-people-are-still-neglected?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Other

Forum members and supporters express their views and opinions

A collection of views and opinions about care homes and residential care submitted by supporters of the Forum in recent weeks. Prompted by the pandemic and its impact they are personal and not necessarily shared by the Forum or all its members and supporters. Nonetheless they reflect concern for resident and workforce health and wellContinue reading “Forum members and supporters express their views and opinions”

Wherever I lay my hat (that’s my #carehome)

Seldom has there been a time when so much has been written about care homes. What is supposed to happen, what people think is happening and what must not happen. Guidance written, ridiculed, ripped up, rewritten and made right – all within a few weeks. Feelings wrenched, relationships stretched, jobs done – loss, grief, loneliness,Continue reading “Wherever I lay my hat (that’s my #carehome)”

The Commission on Residential Care – Demos

The Commission on Residential Care was formed in July 2013 to explore the future of residential care in its broadest sense – from care homes to extra care villages and supported living, for older and disabled people. Chaired by former Care Services Minister Paul Burstow MP and composed of a group of academics, experts andContinue reading “The Commission on Residential Care – Demos”

Another Kind of Home: the Skinner Report

by Angus Skinner Social Work Services Inspectorate for Scotland (1992) Another kind of home: a review of residential child care (Edinburgh: Her Majesty’s Stationery Office) Though produced in the shadow of abuse inquiries in England and Scotland, this report by Angus Skinner stands in much the same relationship to the first Utting Report (1991) asContinue reading “Another Kind of Home: the Skinner Report”

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?”