Children in Care

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

Jonathan Stanley | Posted 24.07.2014 | 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.

Missing Children, Missing Care and Missing Questions: Why Are Children in Care Being Failed?

Charlotte Proudman | Posted 01.03.2014 | UK
Charlotte Proudman

We need a debate about whether it is morally acceptable to profit from the social care of vulnerable children. About how palatable the commoditisation of care is. About how appropriate it is to have a 'market' in housing children with multiple needs...

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

Jonathan Stanley | Posted 18.02.2014 | UK Politics
Jonathan Stanley

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 children's home can feel safe secure and cared for because of the many pressures, especially those concerning finance and regulation, that are being applied to them.

Government Must Do More to Protect Children in Care

Tom Rahilly | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Tom Rahilly

With awareness of child sexual exploitation never higher, not a week now seems to go by without a court case or investigation in the news. Thankfully more and more offenders are being caught and punished. ..

The Forgotten Children

Kevin Godlington | Posted 19.11.2013 | UK
Kevin Godlington

The secretary of state for Education, Michael Gove, did something profoundly useful this last week, lifting the ban on revealing the locations of children's homes in the UK; the places that house our forlorn and forgotten few who are wards of the state, placed there for a variety of reasons usually owing to abusive and neglectful parents.

Ministerial Proposals Are Good News for Children Missing From Care

Matthew Reed | Posted 25.06.2013 | UK
Matthew Reed

Going missing is a critical warning sign that something is wrong in a child's life. Yet evidence revealed that professionals are often slow to respond. This is exacerbated by professionals too often viewing children as the problem - routinely dismissing them as 'troublesome' or 'streetwise'.

Urgent Action Needed to Protect Children in Care from Sexual Exploitation

Tom Rahilly | Posted 24.06.2013 | UK
Tom Rahilly

There is some excellent work going on, but too many children's homes simply aren't getting to the bottom of why young people go missing. To use the jargon, the state must be a 'corporate parent' to them. Put simply, that means to act the same way as any decent parent would.

Thousands Of Children At Risk Of Sexual Abuse

PA | Posted 24.04.2013 | UK

Thousands of children repeatedly went missing from care homes last year, leaving them at risk of sexual abuse, a leading charity has said. The NSPC...

Balancing Privacy and Safety in Children's Homes

Jonathan Stanley | Posted 08.06.2013 | UK Politics
Jonathan Stanley

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.

UK Adoption Reform: The Dangers of Repeating Australia's Shame

Cathy Ashley | Posted 25.05.2013 | UK Politics
Cathy Ashley

The UK government is pushing ahead full steam with Clause 1 of the Children and Families Bill. If implemented it could result in some children being placed with potential adopters despite there having been no court proceedings, no court decision that the child should be permanently removed from their parents and no legal advice given to the parents.

Time to Pension Off Old Thinking About Residential Child Care

Jonathan Stanley | Posted 02.04.2013 | UK Politics
Jonathan Stanley

If we are to succeed in our current rethinking of how we meet the needs of young people in need we should adjust our thinking about children's homes, fostering and adoption.

Reconnecting Residential Child Care 2013

Jonathan Stanley | Posted 19.03.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Jonathan Stanley

We must challenge conventional but inaccurate thinking about our children's homes. The unremittingly negative image of children's homes just isn't found in real life.

Rash Housing Benefit Cuts Will Leave Unprotected Youngsters Out in the Cold

Anne Marie Carrie | Posted 02.02.2013 | UK Politics
Anne Marie Carrie

The prospects for young people starting out in the world today are already bleak with nearly one million young people currently unemployed - and now life is about to get even harder for them. The reckless proposal to remove housing benefits from under-25s risks leaving some of this country's most vulnerable young people out in the cold. What makes this proposal particularly distasteful is that in reality only a mere eight per cent of total housing benefits are claimed by under-25s, making this a policy which risks causing long-term harm to the lives of young people for the sake of a few headlines.

Much-needed Financial Support for Children Leaving Care

Paul Goggins | Posted 28.01.2013 | UK Politics
Paul Goggins

Children in care are amongst the most disadvantaged and marginalised young people in the UK - and financial support is vital if care leavers are to have the same chances in life as other young people.