News 2021: 10 items (Looked after children)

News 2021: 10 items (Looked after children)

20/06/2022: Care Review does not go far enough to support care leavers, charity claims

The Care Review does not go far enough to support care leavers’ pathway into society or support their mental health, a charity has said. The Care Leavers’ Association (CLA) said that it is “disappointed” with the final recommendations to the government and that it has “missed the opportunity” to dramatically improve the lives of young people in care and care leavers.

Read: Children and Young People Now

20/06/2022: Ofsted proposes grading councils specifically on care leaver support

Ofsted has proposed to introduce a separate inspection grade for councils on the experiences and progress of care leavers, to increase their profile. The inspectorate said it concluded that its current approach of issuing a single judgment for children in care and care leavers “[had] not maximised the profile of care leavers to the extent we had intended”.

Read: Community Care

09/06/2022: ‘Abuse, assaults and big profits’ – children’s homes staff speak out

Children in care have reported being groomed and sexually assaulted in homes run by a firm making huge profits. Multiple employees of Calcot Services for Children say vulnerable young people were failed. BBC News has found it made profits of 36% last year, double that of other big care providers – figures already considered excessive by a watchdog.

Read: BBC

09/06/2022: ‘Abuse, assaults and big profits’ – children’s homes staff speak out

Children in care have reported being groomed and sexually assaulted in homes run by a firm making huge profits. Multiple employees of Calcot Services for Children say vulnerable young people were failed. BBC News has found it made profits of 36% last year, double that of other big care providers – figures already considered excessive by a watchdog.

Read: BBC

08/06/2022: Care Review ‘fails to understand’ IRO role, critics claim

The Care Review has “failed to fully understand” the role of independent reviewing officers (IROs), critics opposed to its recommendation to scrap the position have said.

Read: Children and Young People Now

31/05/2022: Young People’s Views On The Care And Justice Systems

new (30 May 2022) report by Leaders Unlocked and the Young Justice Advisors, a team of young adults aged 18-30 with lived experience of the criminal justice and care systems, explores a number of key themes with the purpose of advocating for change.

Read: Russell Webster

23/05/2022: Care system: Help families before they reach crisis, urges review

Tens of thousands more children could end up in care without radical changes to child protection, a “once-in a generation” review has warned. The review of England’s council-run children’s services says struggling families need early intervention to ensure they do not reach crisis point. The recommendations include phasing out young offender institutions and a drive to recruit more foster parents.

Read: BBC

23/05/2022: Care Review: Early help central to plans for ‘radical reform’ of children’s social care in England

A £2.6bn five-year plan focused on early help for struggling families with a “fundamental shift” from crisis intervention forms the main thread of the Independent Review of Children’s Social Care’s recommendations to government.

Read: Children and Young People Now

23/05/2022: Bounced from home to home, neglected and raped: The story of a teenager’s horrific life in care

Amber, 19, has waived her anonymity to tell her story. From the age of 13 she bounced through the care system, on a journey to ever-greater isolation and abuse, which ended in her being placed in “prison-like” secure accommodation “for her own safety”.

Read: Sky

12/05/2022: ‘Being homeless felt inevitable’: after years in care, I was living in a tent. Who was to blame?

I survived care, criminality and homelessness to become an award-winning journalist – but the system I endured makes such success stories vanishingly rare

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11/05/2022: Councillors across UK back call to make care experience a protected characteristic

A campaign for care experience to become a protected characteristic in law has been backed by 25 councillors who won seats in the recent local elections.

Read: Children and Young People Now

09/05/2022: Stronger safeguards ‘could reduce care leavers’ risk of homelessness’

The government needs to address rising numbers of young care leavers becoming homeless by introducing a series of stronger safeguards, a report warns. A joint briefing published by Just for Kids Law together with New Horizon Youth Centre and Youth Legal says there are simple measures that could be brought in that would tackle the problem of homelessness among care leavers.

Read: Children and Young People Now

09/05/2022: ‘Social workers judged me without knowing me’: tackling the criminalisation of care-experienced girls

Care-experienced women are stubbornly overrepresented in the justice system. Tackling this involves social workers challengeing negative stereotypes of young people and improving support, finds research.

Read: Community Care

09/05/2022: Disrupting The Routes Between Care And Custody For Girls And Women

Girls and women who have been through the care system should be diverted away from custodial sentences into community alternatives wherever possible, says a new (4 May 2022) Nuffield Foundation report. ‘Disrupting the Routes between Care and Custody for Girls and Women’ is authored by Dr Claire Fitzpatrick and Dr Katie Hunter, from the Centre for Child and Family Justice Research at Lancaster University, Dr Julie Shaw, of Liverpool John Moores University, and Dr Jo Staines, of the University of Bristol.

Read: Russell Webster

06/05/2022: Children in care likely to experience multiple social worker changes each year

Children in care are more likely to experience changes in support than have one social worker for a whole year, new research from Barnardo’s shows. The report, From Pillar to Post, documents how many children experience multiple moves between foster homes and children’s homes with frequent changes of school and social workers.

Read: Children and Young People Now

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