The education of children living in children’s homes

Background This study covers: the full range of school-aged children living in children’s homes, including those attending primary schools, secondary schools and further education and skills (FES) providers a wide range of educational provision types, including state-funded, independent, mainstream and special education provisions the period between 1 April 2018 and 31 March 2019 Main findingsContinue reading “The education of children living in children’s homes”

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”

The case of Standon Farm Approved School, 1947

The Therapeutic Care Journal Standon Farm was opened in 1885 by the Church of England Waifs and Strays Society. It operated as a Certified Industrial School until 1926, and then as an Approved School from 1938. By the 1940s, Standon Farm was providing residential care and education for eighty boys aged ten to sixteen whoContinue reading “The case of Standon Farm Approved School, 1947”

Residentialism

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”

Secure children’s home scheme aims to help young people ‘transition’ back into the community

An innovative new scheme could be launched at a secure children’s home to help young people transition back into their communities. Aycliffe Secure Centre, which is rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted, provides a secure and caring home for young people between the ages of 10 and 18 with a range of complex problems and vulnerabilities. ThisContinue reading “Secure children’s home scheme aims to help young people ‘transition’ back into the community”

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)”

Thousands of children in care being ‘failed by the state’ because of a broken residential care home market

Anne Longfield, Children’s Commissioner for England, has published a set of reports showing how the children’s residential social care system is broken and is failing many of the most vulnerable children, in particular those who are most at risk of falling through gaps in the system and becoming victims of criminal or sexual exploitation. Today’s reports […]Continue reading “Thousands of children in care being ‘failed by the state’ because of a broken residential care home market”

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”