19 July 2016
THE TIMES reports on the merger of two of the UK’s fostering agencies Acorn and the National Fostering Agency. The agencies both featured in a Corporate Watch article last December which examined the profits made by some agencies, a practice criticised in a separate article by Tact CEO Andy Elvin. Concern about the profits made by fostering agencies was also voiced this month by Sir Martin Narey and the Association of Directors of Children’s Services (TWiF 12 July)
MENTAL HEALTH charity Young Minds is warning that schools, social workers, police and NHS staff may be inadvertently re-traumatising vulnerable children because they do not understand their behaviour and instead see them as “a problem”. In a new report Beyond Adversity the organisation is calling for professionals in these sectors to receive training on how traumatic childhood experiences can affect children’s behaviour. By focusing less on “correcting” behaviour and more on understanding the underlying causes of trauma in childhood there will be financial and social gains for the whole of society and not just the young person involved, according to Young Minds chief executive Sarah Brennan.
HACKNEY CHILD author and care leaver Jenny Molloy discusses the meaning of love for children in the care system, and how this manifests itself in a relationship with social workers, in a blog featured on Research in Practice. You can access further articles on the RiP website if you belong to a member group. Find out more.
THE WHO Cares? Trust and Voices from Care are inviting older children in care and care leavers to say what they think other people think about children in care in a new survey. The feedback will be used in a report to inform and influence decision makers.
AND FINALLY Martin Barrow writes a warm tribute to his outgoing supervising social worker, a person who had been with him throughout not only his fostering career but also in the times of deep upheaval in his own life.