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Archive | June, 2013


‘Working Together 2013 gives social workers a new opportunity to tackle child neglect’

Professionals working with children know that parental neglect is a notoriously difficult problem to identify and assess, writes Chris Cuthbert, NSPCC’s lead expert on tackling child neglect. But without these initial steps it’s unlikely families will get the support they need to turn situations around and keep children safe. For the first time, the new edition [...]

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Jonathan Stanley

‘We’ve seen poor examples of care, we also have world class children’s homes in this country’

Jonathan Stanley, chief executive of the Independent Children’s Homes Association (ICHA), argues for a ‘collective and comprehensive’ strategy for improving residential child care – and the whole system. Children’s homes providers have long argued for many of the changes the government now wants to make. But the government’s proposals are too little and too slow. [...]

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Your views on BBC Panorama’s investigation into children’s homes

If you saw last night’s Panorama – based on a seven-month investigation into standards of residential child care – chances are you were left irritated or deflated. Either at the non-child-centered practice reported on the programme, fears that the residential sector is being dominated by profit-driven businesses, or the lack of good practice highlighted. (It [...]

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Social work diary: ‘The father tells me to never darken his doorstep again’

A tough week brings plenty of tears, fears and a much-needed reminder of why social work can be a rewarding job, writes an anonymous social worker Monday A sense of dread engulfs me. Soon I will be delivering life-changing news to a family where the parents have learning disabilities. My assessment has concluded that care [...]

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‘Kids Lost in Care’: Investigation into children’s homes, BBC1, 24 June

It looks like Monday night’s (tonight’s) Panorama will be well worth a watch, especially if you work with looked-after children. By the sounds if it though, it won’t be feel-good viewing about the positive work many social care workers do. The BBC spent seven months investigating standards of care in children’s homes – in light of [...]

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Ofsted to replace ‘adequate’ rating with ‘requires improvement’ rating

There’s been much talk of Ofsted toughening up its inspection criteria recently, with some senior local authority figures saying it will be “near impossible” for local authorities to achieve an ‘outstanding’ rating. So, it won’t come as a huge surprise that Ofsted has raised the bar again, today revealing that – following a consultation – [...]

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More rights for young carers after government law change

It’s a good week for young carers after the government agreed to amend the children and families bill, giving all young people looking after a parent or sibling the same right to assessment and support that their adult counterparts have been promised. Children’s minister Edward Timpson told parliament he intends to change the law during [...]

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No social work expertise on the new Serious Case Review Panel, but there is an aviation expert…

The government has revealed who will sit on the new panel that will scrutinise and advise LSCBs on serious case reviews. Ray Jones, professor of social work at Kingston University and St George’s, University of London, examines their credentials and looks at what they might bring to social work… Mr Gove has appointed an ‘independent [...]

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Shortfalls in mental health support for victims of sexual exploitation

Are health and social services failing to support sexual exploitation victims with the impact their traumatic experiences have on their mental health? Radio Four’s ‘File on 4’ series has been investigating the standard of follow-up care for victims of grooming and the stories shared in the programme raise serious questions over how mental health services [...]

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‘We can’t just focus on statutory services if we’re to tackle child sexual exploitation effectively’

Current debates on child sexual exploitation fail to recognise the main carers for children in care are foster carers and residential care workers, writes Carol Long, NSPCC director of services for children and families The Home Affairs select committee report Child sexual exploitation and the response to localised grooming, published this week, has said statutory agencies “must [...]

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