Childrens Homes

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

Jonathan Stanley | Posted 18.09.2014 | 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 17.09.2014 | 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.

'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...

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.

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.

Tell Me What Is My Name?

Jonathan Stanley | Posted 04.06.2014 | UK
Jonathan Stanley

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 your own best interests.

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

Jonathan Stanley | Posted 17.05.2014 | UK Politics
Jonathan Stanley

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 sector has been seeking: evidence leads to conclusions.

For Regular Regulation Wherever a Child Resides

Jonathan Stanley | Posted 07.04.2014 | UK Politics
Jonathan Stanley

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

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.

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

Jonathan Stanley | Posted 09.03.2014 | UK Politics
Jonathan Stanley

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.

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.

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

Jonathan Stanley | Posted 18.10.2013 | UK Politics
Jonathan Stanley

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...

Government Data Telling New Story About Children's Homes

Jonathan Stanley | Posted 30.09.2013 | UK Politics
Jonathan Stanley

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...

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

Jonathan Stanley | Posted 20.09.2013 | UK Politics
Jonathan Stanley

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 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.

Residential Child Care Providers' Response to Secretary of State

Jonathan Stanley | Posted 16.09.2013 | UK Politics
Jonathan Stanley

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 we face reforming not only children's homes but Children's Services more widely.

Are Child Protection Rules Helping Paedophiles?

The Huffington Post/UK | Posted 13.09.2013 | UK

Secrecy rules surrounding children in care homes might have helped paedophile groups to target them, Michael Gove has said. The education secretary...

Informed, Committed and Passionate Leadership for Residential Childcare Today

Jonathan Stanley | Posted 03.09.2013 | UK Politics
Jonathan Stanley

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 consultation.

Children's Homes Present and Future

Jonathan Stanley | Posted 27.08.2013 | UK Politics
Jonathan Stanley

Children's homes providers have long argued for many of these changes. But some are too little and too slow. More importantly, as they focus entirely on children's homes, they miss out reforms needed for the entire children's services system.

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

Jonathan Stanley | Posted 21.08.2013 | UK Politics
Jonathan Stanley

As the main body for independent and voluntary providers, the Independent Children's Homes Association (ICHA) is as anxious as everyone else to increase standards and the quality of safeguarding in children's homes. ICHA membership means abiding by our code of practice.

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

Jonathan Stanley | Posted 28.06.2013 | UK Politics
Jonathan Stanley

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.

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.

Children Going Missing - New Guidance Getting the Message

Jonathan Stanley | Posted 28.05.2013 | UK Politics
Jonathan Stanley

Going missing can be a symptom of issues in need of attention. A message from the young person has not been picked up, communication has broken down. We need to understand what it is that this young person is telling us now and probably has been trying to tell us for some time.

Full Spectrum Early Intervention Needs Residential Options Too

Jonathan Stanley | Posted 10.05.2013 | UK Politics
Jonathan Stanley

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