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

Documents

pdf Children in Care Council newsletter Issue 2, September 2011, Department for Education

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DfE 11 Children in Care Council newsletter Issue 2 September 2011.pdf

This newsletter is produced by the Department for Education and details what the government is doing in relation to looked after children.

pdf Children in Care Council newsletter Issue 3, June 2012, Department for Education

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DfE 12 Children in Care Council newsletter Issue 3 June 2012.pdf

This newsletter is produced by the Department for Education and details what the government is doing in relation to looked after children.

default Children in Care Council newsletter Winter Issue, Department for Education, February 2014

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DfE 14 Children in Care Council newsletter FEB 14.pdf

This newsletter is produced by the Department for Education and details what the government is doing in relation to looked after children.

pdf Children in Care Council newsletter, Department for Education, Spring 2014

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DfE 14 Children in Care Council newsletter Spring 2014.pdf

This newsletter is produced by the Department for Education and details what the government is doing in relation to looked after children.

pdf Children in Care Forty-fourth Report of Session 2014-15, House of Commons Public Accounts Committee, 11 March 2015

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HOC PAC 15 Children in Care 11 Mar 15.pdf

This report accuses the Department for Education of ‘an alarming reluctance’ to work with local authorities to improve services for children in care. It concluded that the ministry had ultimate responsibility for overseeing services for children in care but was not playing an active role in improving services and securing a better future for this vulnerable group. The PAC said the DfE effectively limited its work in the sector to passing legislation and publishing guidance. However, this approach failed to understand that responsibility to act to achieve better for children in care should be shared, the report stated.

pdf Children in care: Oral Evidence Public Accounts Committee, House of Commons,12 January 2015

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HOC 15 PAC oral evidence Children in care 12 Jan 15.pdf

Evidence presented by Care Leavers' Association, Barnardo's and the Association of Directors of Children's Service.

pdf Children in care: Research priorities and questions, Department for Education, March 2014

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DfE 14 Children in care Research priorities and questions MAR 14.pdf

This paper is one of a number of research priority and question papers which outlines the current policy direction for children in care; summarises the evidence base and sets out what the department thinks the priority research questions are.

default Children's care monitor 2008 Children's views on how care is doing, Children's Rights Director, 2008

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CRD 08 Children's care monitor 2008.pdf

This first annual report details what children and young people living in care said about six things important to their lives - keeping safe, bullying, having a say in what happens to them, making complaints and suggestions, education, and care planning for people being looked after in care.

default Children's care monitor 2009 Children on the state of social care in England, Children's Rights Director, 2009

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CRD 09 Children's care monitor 2009.pdf

This second annual report details what children and young people living in care said about six things important to their lives - keeping safe, bullying, having a say in what happens to them, making complaints and suggestions, education, and care planning for people being looked after in care.

default Children's care monitor 2010 Children on the state of social care in England, Children's Rights Director, 2010

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CRD 10 Children's care monitor 2010.pdf

This third annual report details what children and young people living in care said about six things important to their lives - keeping safe, bullying, having a say in what happens to them, making complaints and suggestions, education, and care planning for people being looked after in care.

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CRD 10 Children's care monitor 2010.pdf

The Children's Care Monitor 2010 is the third annual publication of the Children's Rights Director reporting the views of looked after children and young people in relation to six things which are important in their lives: keeping safe, bullying, having a say in what happens, making complaints and suggestions, education and care planning for people being looked after in care.

This report gives the views of 1155 children and young people and is the third Children's Care Monitor. It looks back on the findings in the 2008 and 2009 reports to identify key changes in the children's responses. Most of the findings show that many aspects of care and education are staying very much the same. However a number of changes are listed including statistics regarding the level of bullying, the percentage of care leavers in education and the support provided to care leavers.

An OFSTED publication

default Children's care monitor 2011 Children on the state of social care in England, Children's Rights Director, 2011

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CRD 08 Care monitor 2008.pdf

This fourth annual report details what children and young people living in care said about six things important to their lives - keeping safe, bullying, having a say in what happens to them, making complaints and suggestions, education, and care planning for people being looked after in care. 

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CRD 11 Children's Care monitor 2012.pdf

The Children's Care Monitor 2011 is the fourth annual report of the Children's Rights Director and outlines what children and young people living away from home or getting help from children's social care services have said about six things that are important to their lives: keeping safe, bullying, having a say in what happens to them, making complaints and suggestions, education and care planning for people being looked after in care.

The monitor provides children's own evaluation of the state of social care as they experience it.

An OFSTED publication

pdf Children's care monitor 2013-14, Children's Rights Director for England, March 2014

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CRD 14 Children's care monitor 2013-14 MAR 14.pdf

This sixth annual report details what children and young people living in care said about 6 things important to their lives - keeping safe, bullying, having a say, making complaints, education, being in care and leaving care.

pdf Children's messages on care, Ofsted, 2007

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OFS 07 Children's messages on care 2007.pdf

This quick reference ‘digest’ outlines key messages from children living away from home or receiving social care services received during consultations undertaken by the Children's Rights Director. It includes sections on Care Matters, education, placements, social workers and running away.

pdf Children's messages on care, Ofsted, 2010

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OFS 10 Children's messages on care 2010.pdf

This report aims to help people find children's views about being in care, about social care services, or about living in residential schools or colleges. It brings together the key messages from children and young people from the 20 reports of children's views that the Children's Rights Director published between April 2007 and April 2010.

pdf Children's messages to the Minister, Ofsted, 2009

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OFS 09 Children's messages to the Minister 2009.pdf

A report of children's contributions to the 2009 ministerial stocktake of care by the Children's Rights Director for England.

pdf Children's social care questionnaires 2015: what adults told us, Ofsted, 2015

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OFS 15 Children's social care questionnaire ADULTS 2015.pdf

This slide deck sets out what adults told Ofsted about children’s homes, fostering services and adoption services. The six common themes for improvement were communication and influence; environment and facilities in a children’s home; recruitment and retention of staff and recruitment of foster carers and adopters; training for professionals, foster carers and adopters activities for children and young people, and provision of support for children and young people, foster carers and adopters.

pdf Children's social care questionnaires 2015: what children told us, Ofsted, 2015

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OFS 15 Children's social care questionnaire CHILDREN 2015.pdf

This slide deck sets out what children and young people living or visiting children’s homes and foster carers told Ofsted. Five most common themes that emerged were feeling safe and looked after; having staff who put them first; feeling like part of a foster family; having fun things to do and good food to eat, and independence, responsibility and having a say.

document Comparing long-term placements for young children in care: Does placement type really matter? Children & Youth Services Review, October 2016

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Comparing long term placements OCT 16.docx

This abstract provides details of the findings from the third phase of a longitudinal study, entitled Care Pathways and Outcomes, which has been tracking the placements and measuring outcomes for a population of children (n = 374) who were under the age of five and in care in Northern Ireland on the 31st March 2000.