Children in Care

Fostering This Father's Day

Asrat Hailegiorgis | Posted 18.06.2017 | UK Parents
Asrat Hailegiorgis

My name is Asrat, I'm a male foster carer. When I became a carer I told my youngest brother about it and he said to me, when he thinks of fostering, older women or elderly retired couples come to his mind, but he never thought younger single men would be interested or involved.

Don't Leave Children In Care Behind

Javed Khan | Posted 02.06.2017 | UK
Javed Khan

The number of young people in care in the UK has soared to a 30 year high of 94,396 - that's 145 for every MP in the House of Commons. Of course, that rise means the number leaving care is also increasing, many of them having faced unimaginable trauma including abuse and neglect.

Let's Talk About Children In Care This General Election

Chloe Cockett | Posted 01.05.2017 | UK Politics
Chloe Cockett

Children in care face bigger issues than the type of school they attend - their achievement, or lack of in comparison to their peers, is rooted in bigger issues, like moving to new houses on a regular basis, moving family, and moving school many more times than the average child.

Fostering Has Enriched Our Lives

Rob Kennedy | Posted 08.03.2017 | UK Parents
Rob Kennedy

Bob and I had planned for quite a while to become foster carers and purposely bought a bigger house. Soon after we had been cleared to foster we went from zero children to three siblings, which was a bit of a shock to the system.

How Seeing A Children's Home As A Place Of Hospitality Could Help Us Create A Sharing Society

Jonathan Stanley | Posted 10.02.2017 | UK
Jonathan Stanley

George Lyward always insisted, invariably after a longer than anticipated by the questioner pause, that Finchden Manor, the pioneering residential com...

Why Every Child Needs Someone Who Believes In Them

Javed Khan | Posted 25.01.2017 | UK
Javed Khan

Laughing while being pushed on the park swings, blowing out candles on a birthday cake and enjoying family holidays, are memories which make us look back and smile as we go through our adult lives.

We Must Listen To Our Children In Care

Chloe Cockett | Posted 24.01.2017 | UK Politics
Chloe Cockett

We certainly don't want to stand in the way of innovation or improvements to a system that should provide children in care with the childhood that they deserve. But until children in care and care leavers' voices are heard in this debate, none of us can say that we are putting children at the centre of decision making, or making law that is definitely in their best interests. We believe that the Government should pause the passing of the Children and Social Work Bill to allow for sufficient consultation with children and young people.

Young People In Care Need To Have Their Stories Heard

Jenny Molloy | Posted 24.01.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Jenny Molloy

I was always writing when I was growing up in care. Not just creative writing, but also writing lots of letters to my social workers and to charities about my situation and what should be happening. I believe that all children in care want to write their story. It gives back some form of control, as when you're in care everything is written about you in your social services file which you don't always see. This builds a drive within to get our stories heard.

Children's Services And The Need For A Defence Of History In The Age Of Innovation

Jonathan Stanley | Posted 09.12.2016 | UK
Jonathan Stanley

There is still time for the Government to reconsider the professional and financial ramifications, and even more importantly, the ramifications for the children and young people we care for, who need, and have always needed the secure emotional base provided by safe, stable, careful, committed and reflective professional care.

A State That Looks After People Or A State That Cares For People - Thinking Towards A Government Social Care Strategy

Jonathan Stanley | Posted 23.11.2016 | UK Politics
Jonathan Stanley

We have not had a general policy direction for this new Government beyond Theresa May's conference speech where she stated the first duty of the state...

Higher Education Bill Must Prioritise Care Leavers

Chloe Cockett | Posted 15.09.2016 | UK Politics
Chloe Cockett

Over recent months the media has paid particular attention to the fact that disadvantaged working class white boys are five times less likely to go to university than those from the most advantaged backgrounds. However, few seem to acknowledge that that only 5 per cent of young care leavers went to university last year.

We Need More Foster Carers For Children In Care

Sir Tony Hawkhead | Posted 04.09.2016 | UK
Sir Tony Hawkhead

Moving from home to home can really affect a child's social skills, educational outcomes and employment prospects - impacting on their mental health and exacerbating any existing behavioural and emotional issues. We know first-hand the challenges these young people face, they have often experienced the worst in life, which means it can take several moves before they find the right foster carer to meet their specific needs.

The Return From Resxit - Children's Homes Have Good Outcomes for Children

Jonathan Stanley | Posted 29.06.2016 | UK Politics
Jonathan Stanley

What's needed is to grow the size of the sector, by design increasing the number of homes for some needs, so that members of each sub-group meeting specifically identified needs can contribute asking the same questions, wrestling with the same issues, and worrying about the same things as you are, so that they feel a little less isolated and a little more recognised.

It Is Time to Give Looked-After Children a Voice

Ewan King | Posted 29.06.2016 | UK
Ewan King

For the last 15 years we have heard a consistent message from successive governments: no child should be left behind. Whether the slogan has been 'every child matters' or 'narrowing the gap', the intention has been the same: to improve outcomes for the most disadvantaged children. Despite there being some improvements for children, one group stands out as being almost impervious to these efforts: looked-after children.

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

Jonathan Stanley | Posted 17.05.2017 | UK Politics
Jonathan Stanley

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 lea...

Keep Children in Care Connected to Those Who Matter to Them

Kevin Williams | Posted 10.02.2017 | UK Politics
Kevin Williams

If the governments of the UK are to create future generations of successful and happy care experienced young people, they have to support them in maintaining the relationships that bring them security, happiness, and the freedom to express themselves and fulfil their potential.

Time to Tackle Care Leavers 'Inverse Care Law'

Keith Clements | Posted 27.10.2016 | UK
Keith Clements

The support that our country's most vulnerable children and young people get has been established with the best intentions, and is delivered by the huge, often selfless, efforts of professionals and carers. But when the whole system seems to miss the point, it's time for change. It's time for a care system designed to recognise the importance of emotional and mental health to the children and young people it is there for, all the way into adulthood.

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

Jonathan Stanley | Posted 13.10.2016 | UK Politics
Jonathan Stanley

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.

Keep Calm and Carry On... You're a Foster Carer!

Martin Barrow | Posted 06.07.2016 | UK Parents
Martin Barrow

Foster care would be that little bit easier if you could press a 'pause' button on your own life. What would we not give for some sort of arrangement to put everything on hold, as we work to resolve the seemingly intractable problems of the children who come into our care? But the reality is that our own lives carry on: stuff happens to us too, with no regard for the children and young people who have been entrusted to us.

Never Forget: Children in Care Also Have Grandparents

Martin Barrow | Posted 01.07.2016 | UK
Martin Barrow

One of my fondest childhood memories is of clambering over rocks along the undercliff with my grandfather one gloriously sunny day during school holidays. My family emigrated when I was still a child, so I spent too little time with him and did not know him well. He had passed away by the time I returned to the UK as a young man.

Finally, A Plan To Stop Children's 'Depressing Route From Care To Custody'

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 23.06.2015 | UK

A review into why children in care are more likely to end up in the criminal justice system has been launched, aimed at stopping the "depressing route...

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

Jonathan Stanley | Posted 31.05.2016 | UK
Jonathan Stanley

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 exper...

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

Jonathan Stanley | Posted 11.05.2016 | UK Politics
Jonathan Stanley

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

Sharing the Joy of Good News Children's Homes Stories

Jonathan Stanley | Posted 23.12.2014 | UK
Jonathan Stanley

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 same as in any family anywhere. Being a created family is one way of looking at children's homes.

The State Should Be a Parent Who Doesn't Turn Its Back on Young People

Sir Tony Hawkhead | Posted 13.12.2014 | UK
Sir Tony Hawkhead

Childhood is short. And maybe like me, you remember longing to be grown up because of the freedom and adventure we perceived adulthood brings. But for some of our most vulnerable young people, adulthood is thrust upon them too soon.