Jonathan Stanley
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Jonathan has 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. For many years he was Manager the Government funded National Centre for Excellence in Residential Child Care.

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.

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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

(3) 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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Ensuring All Children's Homes Are Places Where Young People Feel Safe, Supported and Cared For

(0) Comments | Posted 20 December 2013 | (08:17)

Six is the magic number. Six words and an explanation. Then six Christmas wishes for the residential child care sector.

The right place at the right time for the right child. If we are to do this we need to do many things differently than we do now. Currently no...

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Improving the Lives of Vulnerable Young People's Lives Is the Number Once Priority of Children's Homes Providers

(0) Comments | Posted 17 October 2013 | (11:31)

The first Ofsted annual social care report includes yet another recording of the sustained good practice that exists in our children's homes. Providers are clearly meeting what is required of them. Every time the bar has been raised, providers have met the challenge.

Providers agree with Ofsted that the National...

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Government Data Telling New Story About Children's Homes

(0) Comments | Posted 29 September 2013 | (12:46)

It is time to clear your mind of all that you thought you knew about children's homes.

'The right placement at the right time for the right child at the right cost' is the common aim of those in the frontline. The discussion in the past year about improving...

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Consistency and Quality of Information Needed By Children's Homes From Local Authorities

(0) Comments | Posted 20 September 2013 | (07:22)

Just days after Michael Gove's recent comments about local authorities and other agencies supporting children's homes new research shows that the consistency and quality of information given by councils to children's homes providers needs urgent improvement.

The 1989 Children Act obliges local authorities to provide looked-after children with the 'most...

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Residential Child Care Providers' Response to Secretary of State

(0) Comments | Posted 13 September 2013 | (16:41)

Children's homes providers, Local Authorities and Government are united in the aim that the right placement is made at the right time for the right child at the right cost.

If are to match the Secretary of State's ambitions we need to be bold and address all the issues...

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Informed, Committed and Passionate Leadership for Residential Childcare Today

(0) Comments | Posted 3 September 2013 | (09:25)

Insistent, persistent and consistent leadership for children's homes would do much to provide continuity and inspiration as the residential child care sector undergoes reforms proposed by the government. The Independent Children's Homes Association supports reform more generally, and played a role in formulating the proposed reforms now open for public...

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Children's Homes Present and Future

(0) Comments | Posted 27 June 2013 | (18:23)

Viewers of the recent Panorama programme about children's homes rightly expect providers to help the Government reform the care system.

Such brief programmes inevitably fall short of discussing issues in depth and can frame the problem in misleading ways but those who are concerned can now focus on a...

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STEP UP for Residential Child Care - Specialism, Safety and Choice

(0) Comments | Posted 21 June 2013 | (15:44)

Public concern about some children's homes has made the headlines many times in recent months. The wider reality has been obscured by the headlines. Being crystal clear about how our looked-after children are cared for needs a calm and more considered dialogue that can enable all those concerned to find...

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Government Recommendations for Children's Homes on Right Road for Right Place at Right Time

(1) Comments | Posted 28 April 2013 | (12:16)

The Government can count on members of the Independent Children's Homes Association to co-operate enthusiastically as it implements reforms in the residential child care sector protecting and promoting the interests of vulnerable looked after children. The ICHA has long urged action and sought allies in pursuit of these goals.

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Balancing Privacy and Safety in Children's Homes

(0) Comments | Posted 8 April 2013 | (16:55)

A new protocol between Ofsted, police, local authorities and the Office of the Children's Commissioner on sharing information about children's homes gives opportunity to a new good-faith collaboration characterised by transparency.

Several statements clear the decks of past misunderstandings and misrepresentations about children's homes. Free from that past...

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Children Going Missing - New Guidance Getting the Message

(0) Comments | Posted 28 March 2013 | (10:17)

A young person going missing is vulnerable. It is a very serious event that needs us all to pull together in an urgent protective response, everyone doing all they can, according to new guidance that underpins the responses of care agencies and Police responses.

Children in care...

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Full Spectrum Early Intervention Needs Residential Options Too

(0) Comments | Posted 10 March 2013 | (16:17)

The Early Intervention Foundation's (EIF) aspiration to end late intervention should be accompanied by research into residential options for children.

We must not close our eyes to any option that will benefit children. Full spectrum research could go beyond a focus on what people currently see as being 'early intervention,'...

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