Jonathan Stanley
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Jonathan has over four decades of experience in residential child care across local authority, voluntary and independent sectors managing residential and associated integrated provision (education, care, health) for national resources addressing the learning, emotional, and social needs of young people. His work time is shared, acting as the CEO for the Independent Children's Homes Association, and as Principal Partner for the National Centre for Excellence in Residential Child Care, a collaborating group of consultants.

He has provided training and consultancy on a wide range of subject areas to audiences, both specialised and mainstream seeking to bring the learning from one area for use in another.

He has written extensively on residential child care developing theory and consolidating this into practice guidance. He has managed and contributed to published research and is an invited lecturer to universities. He is in demand as an invited chair and presenter to international conferences.

Entries by Jonathan Stanley

Regenerating and Reinvigorating Our Care System - Resolving to Ensure the Right Place at the Right Time for Every Child

(0) Comments | Posted 16 May 2016 | (22:33)

David Cameron's weekend announcements heralding major reforms for children in care in the Queen's Speech stands to be an important act of national leadership. The moment and what happens next could be known as 'Cameron', and join other surnames synonymous with progressive child care measures such as Seebohm, Warner, Utting,...

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Doing Different for Children's Homes

(0) Comments | Posted 9 May 2016 | (13:26)

Reflecting on the Westminster Hall debate about children's homes (19th April) an often-used quotation comes to mind, 'If you keep on doing what you've always done, you'll keep on getting what you've always got."

Ann Coffey MP expresses her frustration that in 21 years of involvement in debates about Children's...

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We Have to Start Thinking 'Less'

(0) Comments | Posted 13 March 2016 | (08:57)

Professionally we grew up, our children's services and child care theory and practice developed, in times of plenty, and by extension, of certainty

We never dreamed we would one day dread the implications of a world where plenty and certainty were not present.

We wrote about deprivation and loss...

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Children's Homes Need a Prime Minister That Is Crazy About Them

(3) Comments | Posted 13 October 2015 | (10:53)

After the Prime Minister's speech to the Conservative Party conference Looked After Children are now, truly, Children in Care, in the care of all of us. To name the scandal of the social exclusion of Children in Care was a brave and necessary thing.

There was an audible 'Hurrah'...

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Failure to Thrive Should Be a Thing of the Past - For Every Child, and Everyone Dedicated to Caring for Them

(0) Comments | Posted 1 June 2015 | (08:12)

When I started in Residential Child Care 40 years ago there were still a few young people who were spoken of a case of 'failure to thrive.' Once experienced it isn't forgotten, the way all of the life of the young person was drained, and draining further from them. It...

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New Minister for Children a Constant Champion for Children's Homes

(0) Comments | Posted 11 May 2015 | (11:23)

The Independent Children's Homes Association (ICHA) is anticipatory of the new Minister for Children being the constant champion for the children's homes.

There is important research on their desk that needs urgent attention, the contents must be telling whoever is appointed that there is an emergency to be sorted...

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Sharing the Joy of Good News Children's Homes Stories

(1) Comments | Posted 23 October 2014 | (18:57)

There are plenty of positive stories that happen daily in the children's homes. My recent experience has confirmed that you don't have to look hard to find the good news, it's common. Fun, smiles, caring about each other, laughter, understanding, achievement, progress, all of these things happen every day, the...

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Proposed Quality Standards for Children's Homes Neither Out Far Nor in Deep

(0) Comments | Posted 9 October 2014 | (12:48)

In being neither out far nor in deep the well-intentioned aspirations in the Government proposed Quality Standards for children's homes are left unconnected to the realities of meeting the needs of this particular group of young people and drift away from practicality.

The media coverage these past years has...

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The Small Voice Is Often the One We Need to Hear Loudest

(0) Comments | Posted 18 September 2014 | (10:10)

This article continues the thinking stirred by Scottish independence as it relates to English Residential Child Care. There is a previous Huffington Post piece.

Just as an unintended consequence of Scottish independence no matter the result will be a redrawing of the way all countries of these islands are governed...

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Scottish Independence and English Residential Child Care

(0) Comments | Posted 17 September 2014 | (07:16)

Though it was not our past more recently England has concretised individualised, responses to social problems. None more so than the 'split off' way children's homes have been discussed with an attendant burgeoning policy framework that sees them as almost another country.

As created by English policy and practice...

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'Home Truths' About the Struggle for Survival of Children's Homes

(0) Comments | Posted 23 July 2014 | (12:01)

Children's homes providers have published a powerful documentary report, 'Home Truths - The state of independent residential child care 2014.'

No other report has ever contained such a level of concern for the present and future of Residential Child Care. It looks at the current...

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Pooling Our Resources to Serve Children Well

(0) Comments | Posted 23 June 2014 | (13:07)

Now is the time for some cool reflection after the recent heated discussions regarding the operational matters of residential child care, and maybe also gain some insights in the current debates about outsourcing of services, the practicalities and ethics. As is often the case small sectors, like children's homes, have...

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Values and Principles, Roles and Tasks for Residential Child Care in Today's England

(0) Comments | Posted 9 April 2014 | (12:05)

The role and task of Residential Child Care is bound by the definitions made about its resources, recipients, partners, co-producers and communities. For example if we look at today's children's homes with the average age of 14+ and an average stay of only around 6 months then this is very...

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Tell Me What Is My Name?

(0) Comments | Posted 4 April 2014 | (10:25)

An effect of trauma can be experiences of disorientation and disconnection.

Impingement on a person can be so severe that it has the potential to inhibit the development or fracture fragile identity, or there is a need for pathological compliance with the demands of another that are inimical to...

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Evidence Leads to Conclusions - Education Select Committee and Children's Homes

(0) Comments | Posted 17 March 2014 | (12:20)

This is an inquiry report in which children's homes will feel listened to and that is a very major step to healing the hurt that has been done to the sector. Whereas previous reports and discussions have included many extrapolations and interpretations of evidence here we have the transparency the...

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Connectedness, Belonging and Children's Homes to 21

(0) Comments | Posted 14 February 2014 | (16:39)

What matters is providing connectedness and belonging for a group of young people through appropriate, sustainable accommodation options. We need to focus our knowledge and experience.

In a recent article Martin Narey signals he is one of those who will assist. This is unsurprising given that whilst...

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For Regular Regulation Wherever a Child Resides

(1) Comments | Posted 5 February 2014 | (11:59)

The current discussion over Ofsted concerns personalities - the chair, the chief inspector, and the minister. It's missing an important point.

Ofsted is an arm of Government: the clue is in the 'gov' part of its email address. Her Majesty's Inspectors are no longer within the Ministry of Education but...

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Empathy Not Rhetoric Needed to Address the Reality of Our Children's Homes

(2) Comments | Posted 27 January 2014 | (23:00)

The gap between the rhetoric and the reality of government proposals for children's homes is increasingly deep.

I am increasingly at a loss to find a way to help ministers find the empathy for the situation the sector now finds itself placed in. We need our ministers to be role...

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Show You Support Young People Who Need Children's Homes to 21

(0) Comments | Posted 20 January 2014 | (18:35)

All we know about Looked After Children tells us that stability of living arrangements is a key factor to achieve. With it comes the opportunity to experience those sharing pieces of life that make all the difference but which in our busy lives we speak of far too little, a...

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Establishing the 'Hard Truths' About Our Children's Homes

(0) Comments | Posted 7 January 2014 | (12:49)

The Chancellor George Osborne says that 2014 is the year of hard truths. We agree. It is time for hard truths about children's homes. It's time the Government, as Osborne said about Labour and economic strategy, 'was straight with people' about children's homes. It's time for the leadership that the...

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