Children’s Residential Care – New Research…

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Image courtesy of ©Cardiff University

Cascade has published new research on children’s residential care in Wales.  Title:


Download the full report here.

Youth Justice Review – Interim Report published…

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Image courtesy of ©MoJ

The Ministry of Justice has published its interim report of the youth justice review.

Charlie Taylor’s full report is due in June.

Download the Interim Report – here

The Government’s Vision for Children’s Social Care Reform

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Image courtesy of ©DofE

This month the government has published it’s vision for reforming children’s social care services.

The document sets out the goals for the rest of the parliament – what will be achieved by 2020.

My quick summary of the main points on first reading:

  • – attract quality people to the profession
  • – reform of qualification for Social Work & training
  • – reform Local Safeguarding Children’s Boards – “need to find a better way
  • – using data to drive innovation & accountability
  • – clear but arms length regulatory framework
  • – more collaboration across authority areas (e.g. use of “not for profits”)
  • – better support for Social Workers – “innovate as to how these people are supported

To read the full report (it’s only 9 pages) click here…

Enjoy!  :0)

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Why punishment doesn’t work…

And what we should do instead...

It’s all about behaviour, right?

Photo courtesy of ©123rf/gordond (adapted)

Photo courtesy of ©123rf/gordond (adapted)

Think about it, most of us spend our time dealing with the things troubled children and young people do.

I want to unpick this a little, because I think we might be barking up the wrong tree…

So how should we understand the things kids do?

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How to promote good mental health… Looked After Children...

Life can be tough. Particularly for kids in the care system.

The very fact of being in care means life has already been very tough!

Image courtesy ©123rf/Jacqueline Moore (adapted)

Image courtesy ©123rf/Jacqueline Moore (adapted)

Aside of meeting children’s physical needs for a place to live, there are the huge needs that spring from family separation and a poor start in life. So…

How do we promote good mental health for Looked After kids?…

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YJB YOT Stocktake Report published…

The YJB and Deloitte have published the report of the YOT stocktake.

Report cover image...

It’s purpose was …

“…to understand how the YOT model has evolved locally and nationally, including differences in organisational structures, funding arrangements, spending decisions, and ways of working.”

Visit the report page – here.

Or download the report straight away – here

Why the brain matters in youth justice…

Neuro-disability: what it is & what to do about it...

The very first youth justice case I had, involved brain injury.

It took me the best part two years to discover this, by which time it was too late. The lad went to custody. Needlessly.

Sketch - Brain matters in YJ

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So it’s crucial that those working with all troubled teenagers know a bit about neuro-disability…

Here’s a summary of the issues…

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Youth Justice Statistics are published…

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Image courtesy of ©Gov.UK

The Youth Justice Board and the Ministry of Justice have just published the latest youth justice statistics for England & Wales 2013-14.

The stats page is here.

Get the executive summary (9 pages) here.

Or to download the new whole lot straight away (90 pages), click here.

Children In Custody – 2013-14 HMIP Report…

Her Majesty’s Inspector of Prisons has published it’s report into children’s views of being in custody.

Children In Custody - 2013-14 HMIP

The report covers Young Offender Institutions and Secure Training Centres.

To download the full report, click here.

Safeguarding Pressures research published…

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Image courtesy of ©ADCS

The Association of Directors of Children’s Services – The ADCS – has published Phase 4 of it’s Safeguarding Pressures research findings.

These cover the period to the end of March 2014. To download the executive summary click here.

For the full report and the findings from the previous 3 phases, click here.