In this section you will find documents relating to child protection, education, foster care, inspection, the media, residential care, secure care and youth justice.

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document Promoting the wellbeing of children in care: messages from research ABSTRACT, NSPCC, 2014

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NSPCC 14 Promoting the wellbeing of children in care ABSTRACT 2014.docx

This abstract provides details of a book which brings together leading academics, practitioners and policy analysts to set out the implications of research and examine the challenges faced by children in care.

pdf RELATIONSHIPS | Making it Human, Who Cares Trust, 2012

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WCT 12 Making it human.pdf

Making It Human tells the stories of four people raised in the care system and the four dedicated professionals who made a huge difference to them, in their own words.

pdf RELATIONSHIPS | Making not Breaking: Building relationships for our most vulnerable children, The Care Inquiry, April 2013

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CAREINQ 13 Making not breaking abstract APR 13.pdf

This abstract details the findings and recommendations of the Care Inquiry launched in the House of Commons on 30 April 2013.

pdf RELATIONSHIPS | Supporting positive relationships for children and young people who have experience of care, Dr Karen Winter, February 2015

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KW 15 Supporting positive relationships FEB 15.pdf

This review explores the growing emphasis being placed on the relationships of children and young people in care. It examines: the nature and type of these relationships; what indicators are used to define quality; why relationships are beneficial; what barriers there are to their formation; what initiatives have been designed to support relationships; and what evidence there is about their impact.

pdf RESTRAINT | Children's views on restraint, Ofsted, 2012

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OFS 12 Children's views on restraint 2012.pdf

This report, produced by the Children's Rights Director for England, details the views of 94 children and young people in care provided during a follow-up consultation exercise.  The previous consultation was undertaken in 2004.

pdf REUNIFICATION | Improving practice for children who return from care, Department for Education, December 2015

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DfE 15 Improving_practice_for_children_who_return_from_care DEC 15.pdf

This research conducted by the National Children’s Bureau and Loughborough University’s Centre for Child and Family Research looks at the work local authorities do to support children who return home from care. It examines how local authorities decide that a child is ready to come home from care, plan the child’s transition from care, support children who return from care and their families, monitor the children who have returned home from care, and train and supervise staff in charge of supporting children who return home from care. 

pdf REUNIFICATION | Supporting children and families returning home from care: Counting the costs, L Holmes, September 2014

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NSPCC 14 Supporting children & families returning home from care SEP 14.pdf

This research carried out by Loughborough University for the NSPCC, compares the costs of providing support services to children and families returning home, with the costs of failed reunifications, where the children ended up back in care. It argues that providing appropriate social care support and services to children and families when children return from care could reduce the likelihood of the family reunification breaking down, and the child re-entering care. This would result in significant long-term cost savings.

document STABILITY | Stability Index: Overview and Initial Findings ABSTRACT, Children's Commissioner for England, April 2017

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OCC 17 Stability Index ABSTRACT APR 17.docx

This abstract provides details of a report which shines a light on the difficulties faced by thousands of children each year bouncing around the social care system.

pdf STABILITY | The importance of stability in the lives of looked after children: A study of under fives in Northern Ireland, Marina Monteith et al, 2003

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CCIP 03 ABSTRACT The importance of stability in the lives of looked after children JAN 03.pdf

Published in Child Care in Practice Volume 9, Issue 1, January 2003

pdf STABILITY | Towards a Stable Life and a Brighter Future, Welsh Assembly Government, June 2007

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WA 07 Towards a stable life and a brighter future JUN 07.pdf

Guidance and regulations on measures to strengthen arrangements for the placement, health, education and well-being of looked after children and young people; and Responsible Commissioner for secondary health care for vulnerable children placed away from home.

document State of the nation Report 1: Children in care and Care Leavers survey 2015 ABSTRACT, Children's Commissioner for England, July 2015

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OCC 15 State of the nation ABSTRACT JUL 15.docx

This abstract provides details of the Children’s Commissioner for England's first State of the Nation report into aspects of children’s lives. It focuses on the experiences of children in care and care leavers.

default Sufficiency Statutory guidance on securing sufficient accommodation for looked after children, DCSF, 2010

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DCSF 10 Statutory guidance on securing sufficient accommodation for LAC 2010.pdf

This statutory document provides guidance on the implementation of section 22G of the Children Act 1989. This section requires local authorities in England to take steps that secure, so far as reasonably practicable, sufficient accommodation within the authority’s area which meets the needs of children that the local authority are looking after, and whose circumstances are such that it would be consistent with their welfare for them to be provided with accommodation that is in the local authority’s area (‘the sufficiency duty’).

pdf The Children's Views Digest, Children's Rights Director for England, March 2014

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CRD14ThechildrenviewsdigestMAR14.pdf

Roger Morgan's last report of children’s views as Children’s Rights Director, summarising the views and experiences children given in the statutory consultations between 2004 and 2014. It is intended as a ‘digest’ in one place of the children’s views on many rights, welfare and safeguarding subjects.

default The Regional Variations Study: Exploring regional variations in the long-term placement of children in care, Project summary

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RES-MCS Regional Variations study Research summary.pdf

Research team: Dr Dominic McSherry & Dr Montserrat Fargas Malet
The study started in January 2012.
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pdf TRAUMA | Trauma sensitive practice with children in care ABSTRACT, Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services, August 2014

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IRISS 14 Trauma sensitive practice with children in care ABSTRACT Aug 14.pdf

This abstract details a paper which summarises the evidence in the area of trauma and aims to support practitioners to reflect on their practice in this context.

document Valuing participation: The cultural and everyday activities of young people in care ABSTRACT, University of Leicester, October 2015

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UoLE 15 Valuing participation ABSTRACT OCT 15.docx

This abstract provides details of research focusing on the participation of young people growing up in care to understand the ways in which the ‘facilitated’ and ‘everyday’ activities of young people are valued by them, their immediate carers, and the representatives of the corporate parent.

document What happens to siblings in the care system? ABSTRACT, Family Rights Group, January 2015

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FRG 15 What happens to siblings in the care system ABSTRACT JAN 15.docx

This abstract provides details of a report based on a Freedom of Information request. It investigates the current experience of siblings in the English care system.

pdf What works in promoting good outcomes for looked after children and young people?, SSIA,

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SSIA 11 What works in promoting good outcomes ABSTRACT SEP 11.pdf

This abstract details a resource developed to support the commissioning of services for children in need in Wales.

document Withdrawal of PSA target to reduce number of children in care, Children's Law Centre, January 2010

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CLC 10 Withdrawal of PSA target consultation response.doc

 

Response to the Committee for Health, Social Services and Public Safety's consultation on Withdrawal of PSA Target to reduce the number of children in care.

 

 

 

pdf Working with foreign authorities: child protection cases and care orders, Department for Education, July 2014

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DE 14 Working with foreign authorities JUL 14.pdf

This advice includes a set of principles for social workers working on child protection cases and care orders, where the child has links to a foreign country; a summary of the main international legislation; guidance on agencies and organisations that social workers can seek advice from, or provide information to, when working on these cases; links to other relevant guidance.