residential child care
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
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...
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.
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 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.
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.
The Early Intervention Foundation's (EIF) aspiration to end late intervention should be accompanied by research into residential
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.
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.
It is right that attention has been drawn to things that need fixing in children's homes. There is no complacency in the sector. However, it is quite another thing to say we should have concerns about all children's homes everywhere, or even about their existence at all.