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Subscribers can post IRO jobs via this website. Fill out the details below and we’ll post for you. If you’re an experienced social worker with management experience, see the Featured Jobs link foot … Continue reading

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Why social workers should keep a suitcase in their car

https://t.co/vKlox72I0D@LTPM2 @SharonLMartin1 @SiobhanMaclean @CommunityCare Can we share this important message please #nobinbags — Lou Newman (@Laura2951994) 27 September 2016 Originally published by Community Care on 27th September 2016. Personal experience … Continue reading

September 27, 2016 · Leave a comment

The rise of the New Social Work Bohemians and the death of Radical Social Work by @Mwharvey

Brilliantly eloquent piece of writing by Mark Harvey: ‘Social work has to be part of the solution. In a time desperate for strong professionals with a will to fight positively … Continue reading

September 25, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Power to Innovate

ADCS Stuart Carlton on ‘The Power to Innovate’ Stuart Carlton is Assistant Director of Children’s Services, Lincolnshire County Council. Originally posted  23rd September 2016 via ADCS News ‘In 2011, the … Continue reading

September 24, 2016 · Leave a comment

Family Drug and Alcohol Court’s (FDAC) ‘humane’ approach keeps more families together

Research shows lasting change for families The FDAC National Unit has launched two pieces of important research: ‘The Highlights’ from a 5 year Follow Up study of outcomes of cases included … Continue reading

September 23, 2016 · Leave a comment

Some discussion pieces #innovation

Intention of this post is to provide a small collection of discussion pieces related to improvement and innovation. Please add comments and ideas for future posts and discussion. Pillars & Foundations: … Continue reading

September 14, 2016 · Leave a comment

Government launches specialist CSE response unit

A service providing specialist advice and support to children’s professionals tackling child sexual exploitation (CSE) incidents is to be launched by the government later this month. Read full article at … Continue reading

September 13, 2016 · Leave a comment

In the News: #Care #Adoption #PublicLaw #Innovation

What could this latest adoption judgment mean for social workers? Source: Luke Stevenson in Community Care. Originally published 18th August 2016 Will Re W change practice the way Re B and … Continue reading

September 13, 2016 · Leave a comment

‘Vital role of school nurses threatened as paperwork eats into time with children’

Read the latest news from the Children’s Commissioner for England. ‘Vital role of school nurses threatened as paperwork eats into time with children’ by the Office of the Children’s Commissioner, 12th September … Continue reading

September 12, 2016 · Leave a comment

Supporting family reunification in practice

Reunification in practice By Karen Cheek, Marketing and Communications Officer for Research in Practice. ‘When a child is reunified by returning home from care to their birth family, it is hoped that … Continue reading

September 11, 2016 · Leave a comment

Towards A National Family Justice Observatory

Call for Evidence The closing date for this call is Monday 31st October 2016. Policy/practice leads in family justice – call for evidence to inform proposed family justice observatory. This … Continue reading

September 11, 2016 · Leave a comment

‘We shouldn’t dismiss teenage distress as transient or trivial’ by @ProfLAppleby

We shouldn’t dismiss teenage distress as transient or trivial: my blog on suicide by young people for #WSPD16. https://t.co/ulGrxerYfZ — louis appleby (@ProfLAppleby) 9 September 2016 Connect, communicate and care … Continue reading

September 11, 2016 · Leave a comment

Proportionate costs in a family case: £33,813 reduced to £3,737.50

In K -v- K [2016] EWHC 2002 (Fam) Mr Justice Macdonald reduced the costs of a successful party to an appeal in a family case. “The stringent test of proportionality … Continue reading

September 9, 2016 · Leave a comment

‘Outcomes, outcomes, outcomes’ + Youtube ‘A Restorative Approach’

‘Outcomes, outcomes, outcomes’: how Dorset is reinvigorating social work A feature sponsored by Dorset County Council. Originally posted July 26, 2016 in Community Care. ‘Obsessing To demonstrate making a difference … Continue reading

September 9, 2016 · Leave a comment

Refugee Crisis

Places for 20,000 Syrian refugees found among local authorities “Like so many in Britain, Refugee Action welcomes the arrival of over 2,800 resettled Syrian refugees over the past 12 months. … Continue reading

September 5, 2016 · Leave a comment

Child contact and domestic violence articles

Implacably Hostile or Appropriately Protective?: Women Managing Child Contact in the Context of Domestic Violence About the author: Dr Christine Harrison Abstract  The United Kingdom has seen conflicting developments in safeguarding … Continue reading

September 4, 2016 · 1 Comment

Trauma-informed practice

This post covers: Recovery from childhood trauma is a lifetime journey by Jenny Molloy Creating trauma-informed and culturally sensitive services for young people by YoungMinds Early childhood trauma and therapeutic … Continue reading

September 3, 2016 · Leave a comment

Supreme Court refuses permission to appeal decisions concerning children’s participation in proceedings

The Supreme Court has refused permission to appeal judgments of the Court of Appeal in two cases concerning the participation of children in proceedings: Re S (Children) 2016 EWCA Civ … Continue reading

September 3, 2016 · Leave a comment

FREE Event: From Genograms to Peer-Group Mapping …

Connect Centre seminar: From Genograms to Peer-Group Mapping… By: UCLan, School of Social Work, Care and Community When: Wednesday, 2 November 2016 from 16:00 to 17:30 (GMT) – Add to Calendar … Continue reading

September 2, 2016 · Leave a comment

Law for social workers

None of this is intended to be a substitute for getting legal advice from your own lawyer. Helpful guidance for social workers via @suesspiciousmin : Law for social workers (Part … Continue reading

September 1, 2016 · Leave a comment

The rule of law is no rule at all if it changes on demand via @Kathy_CEO_CE

Thought provoking post By Kathy Evans, chief executive, Children England. Do read and leave a comment. First published in CYP Now on 30th August ‘The Children and Social Work Bill is … Continue reading

August 31, 2016 · Leave a comment

#Care cases: Settlement conferences and the ‘tandem’ model

14th View from the President’s Chambers: Care cases: Settlement conferences and the ‘tandem’ model By Sir James Munby, President of the Family Division. Originally published via Family Law on 16th … Continue reading

August 31, 2016 · Leave a comment

Promoting the Emotional Wellbeing of Children in Care ‏

Promoting children in care’s emotional wellbeing and recovery from trauma – our latest paper. https://t.co/6kPx6WpY5n — AfC Policy (@AfC_Policy) 12 August 2016 Promoting children in care’s emotional wellbeing and recovery … Continue reading

August 30, 2016 · Leave a comment

Sharon Shoesmith: criminal offences could ensure social workers get fair hearing

  ‘Government proposals that could see social workers face criminal sanctions for failing to protect children may give the profession an opportunity for a fair hearing, Sharon Shoesmith has said. … Continue reading

August 29, 2016 · Leave a comment

Celebrating diversity – gender variance

E-learning – Gender variance in young people Working in partnership with GIRES (the Gender Identity Research and Education Society), Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust has created an e-learning course … Continue reading

August 29, 2016 · Leave a comment

Tape recording of an expert (a SHOCKING case) @suesspiciousmin

‘Truly, absolutely shocking. This was a set of care proceedings, transferred up to the High Court before Mr Justice Hayden. A consultant clinical psychologist, Dr Ben Harper, was instructed by … Continue reading

August 27, 2016 · Leave a comment

‘I didn’t become a social worker to feed reports into computers’

With practitioners needing less paperwork and more direct work, is it time to embrace new ways of recording, asks Social Work Tutor: With voice-to-text software, digital dictaphones and cloud-server software, … Continue reading

August 23, 2016 · Leave a comment

#Care of unaccompanied and trafficked children

  Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children are being preyed upon by traffickers and people smugglers, according to the House of Lords EU home affairs subcommittee report. More than 10,000 children are … Continue reading

August 23, 2016 · Leave a comment

Supporting looked after children and care leavers in the Criminal Justice System

Emergent themes and strategies for change – couple of good reads […] responding to the ‘needs’ of vulnerable individuals within a risk-obsessed criminal justice system is perhaps the most impenetrable … Continue reading

August 23, 2016 · Leave a comment

Research in Practice – Learning from Serious Case Reviews

Triennial Analysis of SCRs: Briefing for social workers and family support workers Research in Practice, working with the research teams at UEA and Warwick University, has launched a new open … Continue reading

August 17, 2016 · Leave a comment

Putting children first & keep on caring

Putting children first: our vision for children’s social care https://t.co/MxoWUaeCLfpic.twitter.com/0U3LkUMLLH — DfE (@educationgovuk) July 5, 2016 Putting children first: our vision for children’s social care Source: Department for Education First published: 4 … Continue reading

August 16, 2016 · Leave a comment

Trust is an essential element …

This post was originally published by ADCS on 12 August 2016. Follow on Twitter: @ADCStweets and download the blog at source for free here or via the link at the foot of this post.  It’s … Continue reading

August 13, 2016 · Leave a comment

Cafcass in talks with government to stem #Care application rises

Cafcass in talks with government to stem care application rises https://t.co/ySKZdYRpjS pic.twitter.com/AdOo2ufGCC — cypnow (@cypnow) 11 August 2016 Attempts are being made to halt rapid increases in the number of … Continue reading

August 12, 2016 · Leave a comment

Over 1,000 children in care missing out on independent mentor support

Over 1,000 children in care in England are currently missing out on independent mentor support they may be entitled to by law, according to new research by Barnardo’s and the … Continue reading

August 12, 2016 · Leave a comment

Call for Action – #Adoption Enquiry

The British Association of Social Workers (BASW) has established a UK-wide enquiry to consider the role of social work in adoption. BASW is calling for evidence from young people who … Continue reading

August 6, 2016 · Leave a comment

Call for action – Measuring the wellbeing of children in care

Measuring the wellbeing of children in care Please take part in the National Children’s Bureau’s (NCB) research looking at measures of wellbeing for children in care. NCB are currently undertaking research … Continue reading

August 6, 2016 · Leave a comment

Ofsted rates two councils ‘good’ – independent reviewing officer practice praised

Well done to colleagues in Greenwich and in Stockton-on-Tees. Recently published findings via Single Inspection Framework (SIF) identifies strong independent reviewing officer and social work practice and areas for improvement. Visit … Continue reading

August 6, 2016 · Leave a comment

Re W – no presumption for a child to be brought up by a member of the natural family via @suesspiciousmin

Originally posted on July 29, 2016 by suesspiciousminds. ‘This was a Court of Appeal case decided today. It has taken a LOT of chewing over to make sense of it. … Continue reading

July 30, 2016 · Leave a comment

ALC publishes concerns on settlement conferences pilot

Read our guidance on settlement conferences in public law proceedings. We have concerns. #familylawhttps://t.co/hc1za6mobc — ALC (@Tweets_ALC) 3 July 2016 The Association of Lawyers for Children (ALC) has published guidance … Continue reading

July 17, 2016 · Leave a comment

Recruiter Name: Diane Murphy Council Name & Address: Buckinghamshire County Council, Walton Street, Aylesbury, Bucks HP20 1XA Role being advertised: Independent Reviewing Officer Contract Type: Permanent Hours: Full-time Location: Aylesbury, … Continue reading

July 16, 2016 · Leave a comment

Aspire to More #Care #spreadtheword

The young people behind the aspire to more project were asked to share their feedback about the project. Their comments will help evaluate the impact of the project in a … Continue reading

July 16, 2016 · Leave a comment

Settlement Conferences — suesspiciousminds

  Another helpful piece courtesy of suesspiciousminds (thank you). Settlement Conferences are a new idea in English (and Welsh) family law, though they have been used in other jurisidictions, including Northern … Continue reading

July 16, 2016 · Leave a comment

Children’s social work under immense pressure Committee report finds

The Education Committee has stated in its report published on 13th July 2016 that ‘Chidren and families social work is under severe stress and Government proposals for social work reform have significant weaknesses’. … Continue reading

July 13, 2016 · Leave a comment

Featured Job: Children’s Independent Reviewing Officer

Job Details: Children’s Independent Reviewing Officer Vacancy Ref: No.CSD00146 Area: Various locations within Tower Hamlets Directorate: Childrens Services Directorate Division: Children’s Social Care Section: Child Protection and Reviewing Team: CP Co-ordination … Continue reading

July 12, 2016 · 1 Comment

A vision for Children’s Social Care and Social Work #CSWB

IROs recognise that the best social workers and carers change children’s lives immeasurably for the better. We are determined to continue challenging standards so that all vulnerable children get the best quality … Continue reading

July 10, 2016 · Leave a comment

Government scheme to ‘sharpen’ social work skills on permanency

The government is launching a training programme for social workers designed to ‘sharpen’ their skills around making permanency decisions, it will be optional and based on a new draft knowledge and skills … Continue reading

July 10, 2016 · Leave a comment

New regulator for social workers ‘controversial but essential’ #CSWB

    Chief social worker for children, Isabelle Trowler, says Children and Social Work Bill offers “best chance” to rebuild public confidence in profession. “I do think there should be … Continue reading

July 8, 2016 · Leave a comment

My vision for child and family social work 

By Isabelle Trowler, Chief Social Worker for England (Children & Families) Featured here courtesy of Scie. Social work reform has been an important topic in recent weeks following the introduction … Continue reading

July 1, 2016 · Leave a comment

The heartbreaking story of #EllieButler

@Familoo@louisetickle You’ve been quoted in my #Storify story “The heartbreaking story of #EllieButler” https://t.co/4QRWu9O0QX — Sharon Martin (@SharonLMartin1) 25 June 2016 @sharonlmartin1 @louisetickle this is really useful – thanks Sharon. … Continue reading

June 26, 2016 · Leave a comment

Kids in Care: Let’s Start a Revolution! By Laura Beverage

‘Take a risk, do what’s right and think about love’, says Laura Beverage [2] Laura Beverage has her ambitions set on revolutionising the care system.  Laura is a Development Officer at Who … Continue reading

June 24, 2016 · Leave a comment

Parental Acrimony & False Allegations of Abuse #safeguarding

Fair warning to be prepared for a very uncomfortable read, a shocking approach to investigation by professionals. In AS, TH, BC, NC and SH (False Allegations of Abuse) [2016] EWHC 532 … Continue reading

June 21, 2016 · Leave a comment

Council cut mother’s support months before seeking care order

Judge finds Cambridgeshire council’s withdrawal of support played ‘large part’ in events that led to it arguing her child should be taken into care. ‘Cambridgeshire had concerns following the end … Continue reading

June 21, 2016 · Leave a comment

Inordinate delay in issuing proceedings (£45K damages) — suesspiciousminds

  Thank you @suesspiciousmin for sharing. This is a must read for all Independent Reviewing Officers. This is a Circuit Judge decision made in my local Court (it is not a … Continue reading

June 19, 2016 · Leave a comment

Trying to get child back after adoption order made — suesspiciousminds

This case made quite a lot of news last year – parents of a boy born in 2012, who suffered significant fractures. Within care proceedings, there was a finding of … Continue reading

June 14, 2016 · Leave a comment

IRO failure to ensure satisfactory steps taken by the local authority

THE HONOURABLE MR JUSTICE HOLMAN: ‘This case raises issues both as to the end-of-life treatment of a very ill child, and as to alleged breaches of rights under the European … Continue reading

June 12, 2016 · Leave a comment

Why do care leavers underachieve in education?

Originally posted on yvonguest@resilienceworks:
I deliberately haven’t used the image of a university in this blog because I believe that educational achievement is highly individual which is why I…

June 11, 2016 · Leave a comment

Professor Donald Forrester’s interview with Isabelle Trowler

Worth setting half an hour aside to watch this interview. Professor Donald Forrester speaks to Isabelle Trowler (Chief Social Worker for Children and Families, England) about his research into what … Continue reading

June 8, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Role of Independent Reviewing Officers in EHC assessments and plans | Council for Disabled Children

Following a discussion with Independent Reviewing Officers, social workers and other local authority staff, this briefing was developed to help IROs in carrying out their role in respect of disabled … Continue reading

June 3, 2016 · Leave a comment

Isabelle Trowler on practice, professionalism and private influence in social work

Great article by Community Care: Isabelle Trowler on practice, professionalism and private influence in social work  The Children and Social Work Bill allows government to ‘exempt’ some children’s services from certain statutory … Continue reading

June 3, 2016 · Leave a comment

Work with Sexually Exploited Young People

Mitigating Harm: Work with Sexually Exploited Young People This a good read: Mitigating Harm: Considering Harm Reduction Principles in Work with Sexually Exploited Young People Hickle 2015 Children & Society Wiley Online Library … Continue reading

June 3, 2016 · Leave a comment

‘Social workers are in the spotlight: can we harness the attention for good?’

Our profession, particularly child protection, is under intense scrutiny from media and government. How we respond will be crucial, writes Social Work Tutor. “We are entering what feels like a … Continue reading

May 28, 2016 · Leave a comment

Featured post: Independent Reviewing Officer – Slough

Council Name & Address: Slough children’s Services Trust Role being advertised: IRO x 2 Contract Type: Permanent Hours: Full-time Location: Slough Closing date: 10 June Website or email address for … Continue reading

May 25, 2016 · Leave a comment

Children and Social Work Bill

The Children and Social Work Bill was introduced in the House of Lords on 19 May and will have a second reading on 14th June 2016. This is an important Bill. … Continue reading

May 23, 2016 · Leave a comment

Isabelle Trowler & Edward Timpson questioned on Government’s social work reform

Our witnesses this morning are @IsabelleTrowler (9.30) and @edwardtimpson (10.30) on social work reform. Watch live: https://t.co/OGY3QjQKZe — Education Committee (@CommonsEd) May 4, 2016 Appearing before the education select committee … Continue reading

May 5, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Munro Review – What’s changed and where next? #socialwork

Professor Eileen Munro CBE is a leading social work academic and author of the influential  Munro review into Child Protection. She recently delivered a seminar for the social work training scheme … Continue reading

May 4, 2016 · Leave a comment

How to do better for children and families across the country

“Rethinking Children’s Services Fit for the Future?” Worth making time to read this excellent collection of essays, exploring new perspectives on how to do better for children and families across … Continue reading

May 3, 2016 · Leave a comment

Relationships and resilience

Dr Yvon Guest is a resilience worker, an activist, counsellor, trainer and researcher. Her blog is intended as a resource for everyone interested in issues that affect looked after children, care leavers and … Continue reading

May 2, 2016 · Leave a comment

Former ADCS president to oversee development of mental health services for children in care

Welcome news: Alison O’Sullivan has been appointed to co-chair an expert group to oversee attempts to boost support for children in care with mental health problems. Alison was formerly the president of the … Continue reading

April 30, 2016 · Leave a comment

Vulnerable looked-after children turned away from mental health treatment

The Education Committee’s report has been released today. Young people are being turned away by mental health services and looked-after children face significant challenges in getting access to mental health … Continue reading

April 28, 2016 · Leave a comment

Fathers: seen but not heard?

Nice blog by Karen Reeve, Interim Director of Children’s Services,  Swindon Council sourced via the ADCS website. The following extract draws attention to the important role of fathers and we’ve … Continue reading

April 27, 2016 · Leave a comment

ADCS president aims to improve public image of care and end ‘formulaic’ social work

  Dave Hill has used his inaugural speech as the new president of the Association of Directors of Children’s Services to promise closer co-operation with adult service directors. “There remains effectively … Continue reading

April 26, 2016 · Leave a comment

Relationships Matter

Like this: The Relationships Matter Collective The Relationships Matter Collective has been facilitated by the Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services (Iriss ) and is a project definitely worth … Continue reading

April 21, 2016 · Leave a comment

Featured Job: Independent Chair/IRO – Oxfordshire

Recruiter Name: Hazel Cringle, Oxfordshire County Council, Council Name & Address: Oxfordshire County Council. County Hall, New Road, Oxford OX1 1ND Role being advertised: Independent Chair/IRO Contract Type: Permanent Hours: Not … Continue reading

April 21, 2016 · Leave a comment

Social work and radicalisation – addressing policy and practice dilemmas

Social workers and local authorities are increasingly being tasked with intervening and working with families in cases of suspected radicalisation and extremism. A free webinar session is being held on … Continue reading

April 17, 2016 · Leave a comment

New care applications at an all-time high for the month of March

Applications for care orders have hit a record high for the month of March. Statistics released by Cafcass show 12,741 care applications involving 21,666 children submitted between April 2015 and March 2016. … Continue reading

April 16, 2016 · Leave a comment

Improving Outcomes – prevention is better than cure

This latest blog from SCIE and partners is a good read. Published in the Huffington Post: SCIE’s Ewan King sets out why there is too much spending on symptoms and not on causes: “we continue to … Continue reading

April 16, 2016 · Leave a comment

Mental Capacity Act (MCA): e-Learning course

Published by SCIE: March 2016 | Free to use | Learning Management System compatible This resource provided by the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) explores the Mental Capacity Act … Continue reading

April 16, 2016 · Leave a comment

What do the government’s innovation plans tell us about the future of children’s services?

Social care’s relationship with adolescents is in the limelight. Issues facing children in care and care leavers are unique and areas the government wants to prioritise. The Department for Education has … Continue reading

April 14, 2016 · Leave a comment

Mothers and children recovering together after domestic abuse

Research in Practice has published an article on mothers and children recovering together after domestic abuse. It includes findings from the NSPCC’s Domestic Abuse Recovering Together (DART) programme. ‘You see … Continue reading

April 12, 2016 · Leave a comment

‘A social worker saved my life’ #standupforsocialwork

“We need more social workers. But we also need people like me to speak up for them too,” Iris points out. Thank you so much to Iris for sharing this … Continue reading

April 9, 2016 · Leave a comment

“Even simple mistakes can be emotionally wounding …”

Thanks wearefamily for sharing this great piece: “You don’t love me anymore” Extract Social workers are just people doing a job and of course like all of us they are sometimes … Continue reading

April 8, 2016 · Leave a comment

ECtHR condemns the punishment of women living in poverty and the ‘rescuing’ of their children

Originally posted on Strasbourg Observers:
By Valeska David The recently delivered ECtHR judgment in Soares de Melo v. Portugal (application No.72850/14) conveys a strong message on childrearing responsibilities and child…

April 4, 2016 · Leave a comment

Practice Guidance for the use of S20 provision

ADCS has worked in partnership with Cafcass and ADSS Cymru to produce this practice guidance:  Practice Guidance for the use of S20 provision in the Children Act 1989 in England … Continue reading

April 3, 2016 · Leave a comment

Among A Race Of Others: An Overview Of Western Racial Classification And Colourism — Media Diversified

This is an interesting read: “Among A Race Of Others: An Overview Of Western Racial Classification And Colourism — Media Diversified” Author: Anthony Anaxagorou via Media Diversified Extract: Recently, a friend … Continue reading

April 3, 2016 · Leave a comment

Contemporary fatherhood

An interesting read about contemporary fatherhood courtesy of: Families, Relationships and Societies and published by Policy Press. Download: “The price of love: The prioritisation of childcare and income earning among UK fathers” Abstract … Continue reading

April 3, 2016 · Leave a comment

Multi-agency guidelines on #FGM

  Multi-agency guidelines on FGM for those with statutory duties to safeguard children and vulnerable adults. This multi-agency guidance on female genital mutilation (FGM) should be read and followed by … Continue reading

April 2, 2016 · Leave a comment

Touching insights into the emotional lives of children in #Care

Celebration of creativity and talent A writing competition has helped showcase the creative talents of care experienced children and young people. Help us to celebrate these wonderful examples of the voices … Continue reading

April 2, 2016 · Leave a comment

Featured Job: Salford Independent Reviewing Officer Service

Practice Manager – Independent Reviewing Officer Service Ref: 50140205 Employer: Salford City Council Location: Sutherland House, 303 Chorley Road, Swinton, Salford Salary: £40,217 – £42,053 per annum Salary Grade: 5A … Continue reading

April 1, 2016 · Leave a comment

‘Many are not ready to leave care yet …’

Alison O’Sullivan published her last ADCS blog today and took the opportunity to acknowledge ‘unfinished business’. Her championing of the needs of care leavers, in particular, will be sorely missed. Thanks … Continue reading

April 1, 2016 · Leave a comment

Latest IRO Job Vacancies – Barnet

Recruiter Name: NASEEMA AHMAD – CONFERENCE AND REVIEW TEAM MANAGER Council Name & Address: London Borough of Barnet – Building 2 – North London Business Park, Oakleigh Road South, London … Continue reading

March 31, 2016 · Leave a comment

1st Ofsted ‘outstanding’ ratings for children’s services

Two local authorities have become the first to be awarded “outstanding” judgments under Ofsted’s inspection framework for children’s services. Out of the three authorities that make up the “tri-borough” (Hammersmith … Continue reading

March 30, 2016 · Leave a comment

Push for academy schools raises ‘grave concerns’ about impact on safeguarding

‘Government plans to remove local authority influence over schools risks damaging child safeguarding, the Association of Directors of Children’s Services (ADCS) has warned. The government’s white paper also proposes widening … Continue reading

March 27, 2016 · 1 Comment

New blueprint for adoption

A new strategy to transform the life chances of children in care waiting to be adopted has been unveiled by Education Secretary Nicky Morgan: New #adoption strategy unveiled – ‘A … Continue reading

March 27, 2016 · Leave a comment

How often does psychotherapy make people feel worse?

Interesting findings from research sourced via the British Psychological Society Research Digest: ‘We hear a lot about the unwelcome side-effects of psychiatric drugs, but not so much about the fact that … Continue reading

March 20, 2016 · Leave a comment

Relinquished baby

IROs and social workers will be interested to read this piece about relinquished babies. Relinquished baby, chapter and some verses Author: suesspiciousminds First posted: 8 Mar 2016 via suesspiciousminds  ‘I just ended … Continue reading

March 19, 2016 · Leave a comment

Immigration Bill Reforms: Factsheets & Guidance

The Immigration Bill, currently being considered by Parliament, contains measures to reform local authority support for certain groups of destitute families and care leavers. IROs need to be aware of … Continue reading

March 19, 2016 · Leave a comment

High Court finds the local authority’s reasoning was “flawed”

Another ruling worth a mention. It involves a High Court ruling on a teenager ‘C’ who refused to live with her family ‘because they were not strict enough Muslims’. Mr Justice … Continue reading

March 18, 2016 · Leave a comment

Withholding information – balancing P’s Article 8 Rights

Photo credit: Darwin Bell via Foter.com / CC BY-NC Case scenario PD is 16 years of age. He was previously known as HD, but formally changed his name by deed … Continue reading

March 12, 2016 · Leave a comment

IRO service & local authority Human Rights breach

  Photo credit: Mataparda via Foter.com / CC BY A 10-year-old boy has been awarded £5,000 after His Honour Judge Rundell ruled his human rights had been breached while in local … Continue reading

March 12, 2016 · Leave a comment

Care applications hit an all-time record high

Photo credit: -Alina- via Foter.com / CC BY-NC-ND The number of applications for children to be taken into care in England has hit an all-time high. In February 2016, Cafcass … Continue reading

March 12, 2016 · Leave a comment

Friendship for all

Transforming short breaks and foster care services to increase friendship in the lives of children and young people If a child or young person is disabled and/or in the care … Continue reading

March 11, 2016 · Leave a comment

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