The Care Review
A year since Conservative’s declared there would be a “wide-ranging Children’s Social Care Review,” momentum is now gathering and Vicki Ford has announced that it will be launched imminently. With a commitment for the review to be “ bold, broad, and independently led” debates are already taking place as to what should be included and even what the conclusions might be. CHQ joined the Children’s Commissioner on 24th November where young people in care or care experienced young people shared their views on what the priorities were for them as well as some of the current challenges. They were simply brilliant, and their wisdom can truly transform and shape the future of care. Those that shared their experiences made a plea for individualised care, greater access to advocacy and less turnover of social workers.
At the same time professionals are standing alongside children in care and care experienced people, taking a stance of ‘nothing about us without us’. The collective experience of children in care and their professionals provides an idea rich partnership to best structure the care review and make proactive proposals for its leadership, content and methods. This partnership by NCERCC and ECLCM looks to the Scottish Care Review’s ambition to put love at the heart of the care system as an inspiration for an imaginative, comprehensive and groundbreaking review.
Legal Challenge Update
The Court of Appeal have ruled that the Department for Education were unlawful in failing to consult with key parties such as the Children’s Commissioner before introducing the Adoption and Children (Coronavirus ) (Amendment) Regulations Act 2020. The Act diluted or removed safeguarding regulations that mostly affected children in care. Whilst the DfE claimed that protecting children had been at the heart of their response, the judge concluded that he could “see no argument “as to why relevant bodies had not been included in the consultation process. This significant victory serves as timely reminder of the vital voice of children in care and those who work with and for them.
Update to coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance for children’s social care services
The Department for Education (DfE) have recently updated their:
- summary guidance which sets out how national restrictions to control the spread of COVID-19 impact education, childcare and children’s social care settings
- guidance for children’s social care services to reflect the new national restrictions.
- guidance for
The Minister for Children and Families has written an open letter to children with SEND and those that support them, providing guidance on Coronavirus related issues. The Council for Disabled Children have been identifying examples of creative practice in continuing to provide short break support to families during the Coronavirus pandemic. They also provide helpful guidance for families and short break providers
Criminal Exploitation of Children
Leicestershire police have made a really useful short video about the criminal exploitation of young people. This is worth sharing in leadership and staff meetings. Leicestershire Police: Are You listening? – YouTube
See our Training Page for details of 2021 training.