Here’s the thing with DoLS… Reflections on the LGO’s recommendations to Kent County Council

“I, like many of you, have been following the latest chapter in the DoLS saga with interest. I am referring, of course, to the Local Government Ombudsman’s report regarding Kent County Council’s delays in processing standard authorisations and Kent County Council’s, frankly very honest, response to those Ombudsman’s recommendations. But, of course, in 2009, theContinue reading “Here’s the thing with DoLS… Reflections on the LGO’s recommendations to Kent County Council”

RESIDENTIAL CARE LEADERSHIP

Niels P E T E R Rygaard This 2020 article describes the unique features of the Danish residency model, the challenges management and employees face in the increasing demands for continuing education and professionalization. As well as the Fairstart Foundation’s solutions, based on partnerships in many countries. Intro: Denmark has a long tradition of placesContinue reading “RESIDENTIAL CARE LEADERSHIP”

Children’s homes workforce literature review and call for evidence

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) recommended in its Interim Report (April 2018), that the Department for Education (DfE) introduces registration of staff working in care roles in children’s homes. They recommended an independent body be responsible for setting and maintaining standards of training, conduct and continuing professional development, with the power toContinue reading “Children’s homes workforce literature review and call for evidence”

Residential child care, the under-valued, unacknowledged and untrained profession.

By Charles Sharpe – The Therapeutic Care Journal I believe that a significant number of troubled children and young people are best helped by the provision of  residential child care  Amongst these I would include those who, though they may for the time being not be able to live with their families, but who nonethelessContinue reading “Residential child care, the under-valued, unacknowledged and untrained profession.”

A Day in the Life of a Residential Childcare Worker

In the office I’m given a brief handover by the team leader, one young person has declined going to ‘contact’ with his mum, another has yet to get out of bed because he is struggling with his forthcoming transition to live with foster carers, one is already out for the day and two are watchingContinue reading “A Day in the Life of a Residential Childcare Worker”

The value placed on everyday professionalism

Abstract This special issue is focusing on the ‘extraordinary ordinary’ of everyday life in residential care. This is appropriate as daily life is not only the bread and butter but also the meat of the work. It is its main strength but also its main weakness. The residential care profession does not have its ownContinue reading “The value placed on everyday professionalism”

‘Residential children’s home workers are not professionals by any reasonable meaning of that word’

A residential children’s home worker who grew up in care talks about how regulation for children’s home workers can’t come without better training by Jack Brookes  writing in Community Care, June 7th 2018 The independent inquiry into child sexual abuse has recommended children’s home staff should have professional registration. This is almost certainly a goodContinue reading “‘Residential children’s home workers are not professionals by any reasonable meaning of that word’”