George Lyward always insisted, invariably after a longer than anticipated by the questioner pause, that Finchden Manor, the
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
We have not had a general policy direction for this new Government beyond Theresa May's conference speech where she stated
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.
Regenerating and Reinvigorating Our Care System - Resolving to Ensure the Right Place at the Right Time for Every Child
David Cameron's weekend announcements heralding major reforms for children in care in the Queen's Speech stands to be an
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.
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.
Failure to Thrive Should Be a Thing of the Past - For Every Child, and Everyone Dedicated to Caring for Them
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
The Independent Children's Homes Association (ICHA) is anticipatory of the new Minister for Children being the constant champion for the children's homes.
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.