Surviving and thriving as a care leaver

In conversation with Kim Emenike BY NIKKI ADEBIYI, FOUNDER @BOUNCE BLACK, 25 October 2021 Read the interview with care leaver Kim at… @BOUNCE BLACK source: Read more about Kim’s journey in and beyond care in her interview with the BBC here. Support resources for care leavers: BECOME: The charity for children and young peopleContinue reading “Surviving and thriving as a care leaver”

Institutions for Deaf Children

An illustrative page from which documents the detailed history of children’s homes in Britain – orphanages, homes for those in poverty, or with special needs, reformatories…. Once you start exploring this site you could become engrossed… Source: Institutions for Deaf Children

Quality4Children Standards

Over 500 people with experience in alternative child care, including children and young people, their biological families and care persons from more than 30 European countries, contributed to the development of the Quality4Children Standards. The Standards were launched at the European Parliament in June 2007 and are available in 27 languages. SOS Children’s Villages International developedContinue reading “Quality4Children Standards”

The Promise Scotland’s Response to the Competition and Markets Authority’s (CMA’s) Interim Report on the Children’s Social Care Market

Published on 22nd October 2021 In February 2020, Scotland accepted the conclusions of the Care Review  in full and made the promise that its most vulnerable children would no longer be profited from: Throughout the preceding 3 years, the work undertaken by the Care Review to ‘Follow the Money’ showed that there are significant amountsContinue reading “The Promise Scotland’s Response to the Competition and Markets Authority’s (CMA’s) Interim Report on the Children’s Social Care Market”

Congregate Care, Residential Treatment and Group Home, State Legislative Enactments 2014-2019

10/30/2020 Just over 400,000 American children live in foster care, and some 55,000 reside in group homes, residential treatment facilities, psychiatric institutions and emergency shelters. This type of placement—called “congregate care”—may be beneficial for children who require short-term supervision and structure because their behavior may be dangerous. However, many officials believe that children who don’t needContinue reading “Congregate Care, Residential Treatment and Group Home, State Legislative Enactments 2014-2019”

A dream come true – no more residential care?

Frank Ainsworth A corrective note: 2005 This note is about the attempt by the Australian State and Territory child care and protection systems to do without residential programmes. It traces the process of moving to this position and the historical and policy imperatives that supported this service direction. It also outlines the consequences of the absence of 24Continue reading “A dream come true – no more residential care?”

The residential practice framework: Integrating research and knowledge with practice

Marie Connolly 2009, but still lots of interesting stuff on residential care from New Zealand Child, Youth and Family journal – including a practice framework. Social Work Now source:

Living in Children’s Homes

This short study published 10 years ago provides an insight into the nature of children’s residential homes, the characteristics and circumstances of the young people who lived in them and on the short-term outcomes for these young people. It built on other research for the Department for Education (DfE) Raising the Bar? An Evaluation ofContinue reading “Living in Children’s Homes”

The Therapeutic Care Journal

John Diamond summarises what is included this month… “The first paper is by Mark Brady who is a service manager at Amicus Foster Care. In his paper ‘Can Youth Work Underpinned by Therapeutic, Mental Health and Wellbeing Principles Promote Confidence and Resilience?’ Mark writes “In October 2020 I set up several youth groups and activities toContinue reading “The Therapeutic Care Journal”

Multi-building children’s homes: creating more capacity in the system

Posted by: Yvette Stanley, Posted on: 1 October 2021 – Categories: children’s homes Yvette Stanley, Ofsted’s National Director for Regulation and Social Care, explains plans for multi-building registrations of children’s homes. The care system is under pressure. Places to live for children with the most complex needs are scarce, and often not where they areContinue reading “Multi-building children’s homes: creating more capacity in the system”

Scottish Journal of Residential Child Care Vol 20 No2

The issue features six peer-reviewed articles, covering topics from life after residential care to applying implementation science to residential care, as well as nine shorter articles reporting on practice or contemporary issues, including the first ever Care Experienced History Month and the UN Day of General Discussion on Children’s Rights and Alternative Care. You canContinue reading “Scottish Journal of Residential Child Care Vol 20 No2”

Walking in Fred’s shoes

Hearing and listening to the voice of the child To highlight the significance of the experience of a child, we created the fictional example of a young person called Fred and followed his journey from pre-birth to continuing care to help us to map and understand our current processes. Fred’s journey illustrated what his experienceContinue reading “Walking in Fred’s shoes”

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”


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”

Introduction to children’s homes

When and how to register with Ofsted if you want to open or manage a children’s home or secure children’s home. GOV.UK Source: