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”

Secure units and young people: In search of home to call your own

Originally posted on Promoting Open Justice in the Court of Protection:
By Anna Rebowska, 2nd September 2021 An earlier blog post reports on a COP case in which a 17-year-old girl (anonymised as “N”) endured numerous placement breakdowns and found herself repeatedly detained in Emergency Department and in police stations for her own protection and…

The Case for Change – The Independent Review of Children’s Social Care

The Case for Change is the Review’s early thinking about what needs to change in the children’s social care system. There is a lot in this for Residential Forum (England) members to consider some of the headlines on a first scan are: There are not enough homes in the right places with the right supportContinue reading “The Case for Change – The Independent Review of Children’s Social Care”

Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse custodial institutions report: government response

Government response to the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) custodial institutions report about placement in secure children’s homes. (as updated 7 May 2021) Source: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/independent-inquiry-into-child-sexual-abuse-custodial-institutions-report-government-response

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: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/placing-children-for-welfare-and-justice-reasons-together-in-secure-childrens-homes

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”

Unlocking the Facts: Young people referred to Secure Children’s Homes

What Works for Children’s Social Care (WWCSC) has published a report Unlocking the facts: young people referred to secure children’s homes. The report, using DfE data and research conducted by CASCADE Cardiff University, builds a clearer image of the lives of young people referred to secure children’s homes and the differences between those offered aContinue reading “Unlocking the Facts: Young people referred to Secure Children’s Homes”