Children in Care

Time to Tackle Care Leavers 'Inverse Care Law'

Keith Clements | Posted 27.10.2015 | 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 13.10.2015 | 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 07.07.2015 | 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 01.07.2015 | 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 01.06.2015 | 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 11.05.2015 | 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.

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

Jonathan Stanley | Posted 09.12.2014 | UK
Jonathan Stanley

What is needed are standards that capture the essence of residential child care experiences. Robert Frost repeatedly returned to consider liberty and individualism describing freedom as 'feeling easy in your harness.'

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

Jonathan Stanley | Posted 17.11.2014 | UK Politics
Jonathan Stanley

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 so too English children's services needs a redrawing of values and ethics, policy and practice.

Scottish Independence and English Residential Child Care

Jonathan Stanley | Posted 16.11.2014 | UK Politics
Jonathan Stanley

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.

My Night in an 'Emergency' B&B Used for Children Leaving Care

Puja Darbari | Posted 08.11.2014 | UK
Puja Darbari

For most young people with a secure family support network, the transition from childhood to adulthood is an amazing time, full of excitement and opportunities to embrace your independence and make your voice heard...

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

Jonathan Stanley | Posted 22.09.2014 | UK Politics
Jonathan Stanley

Children's homes providers have published a powerful documentary report, 'Home Truths - The state of independent residential child care 2014.' No ot...

Young People Risk Starting Their Adult Lives With No Experience of the World of Work

Javed Khan | Posted 29.08.2014 | UK
Javed Khan

It's a shocking fact that just under one million young people are not in work, education or training in the UK today. That's about one in six of all 16 to 24 year olds. Of these, a third have been out of work and claiming Job Seekers Allowance for more than six months.

Pooling Our Resources to Serve Children Well

Jonathan Stanley | Posted 23.08.2014 | UK
Jonathan Stanley

We need new thinking about the operating environment we currently frame as a 'marketplace'. We need a courageous, informed articulation of what is happening now, and the start of the thinking that can move us towards a method of effective working, both for quality of care and the health of our finances.

Why Fostering Can't Become Adoption's Poor Relation

Javed Khan | Posted 20.07.2014 | UK
Javed Khan

I am awed by the inspirational carers who give a home to children who have often suffered so much and find the courage and empathy to give joy to young lives. The capacity to love, sheer generosity and genuine interest in caring for children that I have seen has given me hope that there are more people out there who care about those children who have no one.

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

Jonathan Stanley | Posted 09.06.2014 | UK Politics
Jonathan Stanley

Public care should offer children the same as that we would wish for all children. What we would wish for all children: an upbringing that makes sure they are loved, happy, healthy, safe from harm and fulfil their potential.

Tragedy of Callum Wilson Highlights Risks Faced by Children Returning From Care

Tom Rahilly | Posted 04.06.2014 | UK
Tom Rahilly

Improvements to the support we give these children must be seen as a priority by Government and local authorities. Without this children like Callum are likely to continue to be harmed and the revolving door of care will continue to affect too many young lives every year.

Launching Barnardo's 'Someone to Care' Report

Bruce Oldfield | Posted 04.05.2014 | UK
Bruce Oldfield

Young people leaving care are one of the most vulnerable groups in society, more likely to become homeless, be unemployed and spend time in prison. Some will have been subject to abuse or neglect, and as vulnerable young adults they are likely to need someone to turn to, even after they have turned 18. It is time to end the misery of living alone too young for vulnerable youngsters, by giving every child in care the chance to 'stay put' until they're 21 - not just those in foster care.

Connectedness, Belonging and Children's Homes to 21

Jonathan Stanley | Posted 16.04.2014 | UK Politics
Jonathan Stanley

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.

No Child Should Have to Grow Up in a Cold Home

Matthew Reed | Posted 08.04.2014 | UK
Matthew Reed

The launch of Cold Homes Week this week is a harsh reminder that millions of children across the UK are growing up in cold homes. New figures reveal that over two million children in England are living in fuel poverty - an alarming 26% rise over last year.

Society Is Failing Children Who Are Forced to Leave Care Too Soon

Jacob Tas | Posted 06.04.2014 | UK
Jacob Tas

Today is a momentous day for children in foster care in England. The Government is bringing in a new law that will give young people the chance stay with their foster parents until their 21st birthday, so they aren't forced to leave as early as 16.

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

Jonathan Stanley | Posted 29.03.2014 | UK Politics
Jonathan Stanley

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 models of effective child care policy and practice, and essential for good residential child care is something called reflective practice.

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

Jonathan Stanley | Posted 22.03.2014 | UK Politics
Jonathan Stanley

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 feeling of belonging, development of trust, the acceptance that builds self-esteem and feeling understood.