Practice imperfect

30 January 2018: In this week’s news round-up: Wirral’s children lament revolving door of social workers; prejudice and poor practice facing Romani and Irish traveller children; recruitment mismatch conundrum; higher education; adoption Children unhappy with social work changes Ofsted finds Many of the children being looked after by Wirral Council had two or three social…

Game changer

In the (rather long) round-up this week: Final fostering inquiry session ahead of election; Children’s Commissioner publishes first Children in Care stability index; Association of Directors of Children’s Services president lambasted over fostering comments; independent reviewing officers role clarified; Resilience film screening; Adoption orders down Election pushes fostering inquiry report back to autumn The sudden…

Open doors

30 March 2017: News round-up FOSTERING PROVIDERS should focus on recruiting carers with the space to house sibling groups and give these carers additional support and training – including on sibling conflict resolution, the Rees Centre for research on fostering and education suggests. Local authorities have had a duty to place siblings together as far as…

Judgement calls

16 March 2017: News Round-up THE CHILD protection system, in particular the use and impact of non-consensual adoption, came under the spotlight in a wild-ranging speech from Appeal Court Judge Andrew McFarlane to the Family Justice Council last week. Focussing on the balance between child protection and the right to family life the Judge put his…