Jonathan Stanley

Chief Executive Officer, Independent Children's Homes Association

Jonathan has over 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. His work time is shared, acting as the CEO for the Independent Children's Homes Association, and as Principal Partner for the National Centre for Excellence in Residential Child Care, a collaborating group of consultants.

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

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

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.
09/12/2016 12:14 GMT
The Return From Resxit - Children's Homes Have Good Outcomes for

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

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.
29/06/2016 13:00 BST
Doing Different for Children's

Doing Different for Children's Homes

Sir Martin Narey's review is an opportunity to stop "doing what we've always done". It's an opportunity to be the best parents we can be for the children who we take into our care system. Being the best we can be means setting aside differences we may have with our co-parents, and allocating appropriate funding to the task of looking after the child as a priority.
09/05/2016 15:52 BST
We Have to Start Thinking

We Have to Start Thinking 'Less'

Professionally we grew up, our children's services and child care theory and practice developed, in times of plenty, and by extension, of certainty. We never dreamed we would one day dread the implications of a world where plenty and certainty were not present.
14/03/2016 14:26 GMT
Children's Homes Need a Prime Minister That Is Crazy About

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

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.
13/10/2015 11:36 BST
Sharing the Joy of Good News Children's Homes

Sharing the Joy of Good News Children's Homes Stories

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.
24/10/2014 11:20 BST
The Small Voice Is Often the One We Need to Hear

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

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.
18/09/2014 11:45 BST
Scottish Independence and English Residential Child

Scottish Independence and English Residential Child Care

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.
17/09/2014 12:37 BST
Pooling Our Resources to Serve Children

Pooling Our Resources to Serve Children Well

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.
24/06/2014 14:47 BST
Tell Me What Is My

Tell Me What Is My Name?

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.
04/04/2014 15:12 BST
Evidence Leads to Conclusions - Education Select Committee and Children's

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

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.
17/03/2014 12:37 GMT