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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pdf Consultation on looked-after children: improving permanence Government response, Department for Education, October 2014

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DfE 14 Consultation on LAC improving permanence Govn response OCT 14.pdf

This consultation sought views on proposals to strengthen the team around the child; improve the status, security and stability of long-term foster care; and strengthen the requirements for returning children home from care.

pdf CONTACT | Beyond contact: Work with families of children placed away from home in four European countries ABSTRACT, Janet Boddy et al, 2013

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UoS 13 Beyond Contact ABSTRACT 2013.pdf

This abstract details a cross-national analysis of how four different European countries work with the families of looked after children after they have been taken into care.  It examined both the theory and the practice in England, Denmark, the Netherlands and France.

pdf CONTACT | Birth Family Contact for Children in Care: How Much? How Often? Who With? ABSTRACT, Nicola Atwool, April 2013

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UoO 13 Birth Family Contact for children in care APR 13.pdf

This abstract provides details of an article which reviews the literature and details the views of children and young people in care, foster parents and social work practitioners on contact with birth families.

pdf CONTACT | Brothers and Sisters, A National Voice

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ANV ND ABSTRACT Brothers and sisters.pdf

This abstract provides details of a report on young people's experiences of contact with their siblings, both birth and foster sibling contact.

 

document CONTACT | Call for views on contact arrangements consultation response ABSTRACT, Coram, AUGUST 2012

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COR 14 Call for views on contact arrangements consultation response ABSTRACT AUG 12.docx

This abstract provides details of Coram's response to the Department for Education's consultation on contact arrangements for children in care.

pdf CONTACT | Keeping in touch, Children's Rights Director for England, 2009

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CRD 09 Keeping in touch 2009.pdf

This report gives the views of children and young people in care about keeping in touch – and losing touch – with their birth families, friends and other people important in their lives.

pdf CONTACT | Keeping in touch, OFSTED, December 09

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OFS 09 Keeping in touch DEC 09.pdf

The Children's Rights Director for England asked 370 children in care, through a survey and discussion groups, for their views about keeping in touch – and losing contact – with their families and friends while in care.

pdf CONTACT | Mobile phones and contact arrangements for children living in care, Project summary

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RES-ROB Mobile phones and contact arrangements for children living in care.pdf

pdf CONTACT | The Parent-Child Relationship when Parents' Contact with their Children is Supervised THESIS, Daniel Borg, May 2012

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UoEA 12 The parent child relationship THESIS D Borg MAY 12.pdf

This study focuses on the personal experiences and perceptions of non-custodial parents’ relationship with their children where the only contact is supervised. It explores the subjective experience, meanings and processes that non-custodial parents construct when faced with these circumstances.  The study serves to highlight those areas where improvement in supervision services is recommended for a better relationship between the parent and the child to be fostered.

document CORPORATE PARENTING | Can the state be a good parent? Making the Difference for Looked After Children and Care Leavers ABSTRACT, National Leaving Care Advisory Service, September 2006

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NLCAS 06 Can the state be a good parent ABSTRACT SEP 06.docx

This abstract details a report based on the What Makes The Difference project and outlines the progress and challenges ahead for corporate parenting.

document CORPORATE PARENTING | Corporate Parenting for young people in care: Making the difference? ABSTRACT, NCAS, 2015

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NCAS 15 Corporate Parenting for YPIC Making the difference ABSTRACT 2015.docx

This abstract provides details of a peer research study which examined whether corporate parenting is making a difference in 12 local authorities.

pdf CORPORATE PARENTING | Getting it right for looked after children and young people: Early engagement, early permanence and improving the quality of care, Scottish Government, November 2015

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SCOGOV 15 Getting it right NOV 15.pdf

The new Scottish Government's strategy for Looked After Children and Young People which sets out what they are doing and what they expect other corporate parents to do.

pdf CORPORATE PARENTING | Having corporate parents, Children's Rights Director, 2011

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CRD 11 Having corporate parents 2011.pdf

This report sets out what children and young people in care say about some of the things that those in care experience because the council is acting as their parent. These included having different professionals making decisions about the child's life and where they will live, and moving from one placement to another.

pdf CORPORATE PARENTING | If this were my child....A councillor's guide to being a good corporate parent to children in care and care leavers, Welsh Assembly Government, June 2009

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WA 09 A councillor's guide to being a good corporate parent JUNE 2009.pdf

This guidance provides all local authority Councillors, and specifically lead members for Children, with the necessary information and guidance to be effective corporate parents.  It is jointly issued by the Welsh Assembly Government and the Welsh Local Government Association.

pdf CORPORATE PARENTING | National Corporate Parenting Training Programme Evaluation, Scottish Government, 2013

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SCOGOV 13 National Corporate Parenting Training Programme evaluation 2013.pdf

Since 2010 the Scottish Government (SG) has been funding Who Cares? Scotland to develop and deliver a national corporate parenting training programme. This training course is due to complete in March 2013 and there is the potential for a second phase of the programme. The SG commissioned this independent evaluation of the National Corporate Parenting Training Programme, with a focus on the impact of the programme to
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pdf CORPORATE PARENTING | Young people's guide to good corporate parents, Children's Rights Director, 2012

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CRD 12 Young Peoples Guide to Good Corporate Parents 2012.pdf

This guide explains what councils should be doing to be good 'corporate parents' to those they look after.  In particular it explains in detail the local authority's obligations around stability;choice; planning; a positive care culture; listening to children; ensuring safe care; children's rights; discrimination; supporting care leavers and ambition.

pdf EDGE OF CARE | Adolescent service change and the edge of care: Thematic Report 2, REES Centre University of Oxford, July 2017

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DfE 17 Adolescent service change Thematic-Report-2017.pdf

Presents an overview of nine projects funded through the Children's Social Care Innovation Programme, looking at adolescents at the edge of care. Considers the needs of young people defined as edge of care and looks at different approaches used to interrupt the journey of these adolescents towards care including: short term residential provision; their families; and multi-professional teams. Makes recommendations suggesting ways that services reduce the number of adolescents entering care, and for improving the outcomes of those young people for whom care is the best option.

pdf EDGE OF CARE | Children on the edge of care, Children's Rights Director, 2011

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CRD 11 Children on the edge of care 2011.pdf

This document reports on the views of 332 children and young people who took part in consultation sessions about the Department of Education's 'Edge of Care' policy.  The aim of the policy is to ensure that those going in to care really need to, and that children can go back home from care if that is in their best interest.
 

pdf EDGE OF CARE | Edging away from care - how services successfully prevent young people entering care Report summary, OFSTED, October 2011

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OFS 11 Edging away from care Summary OCT 11.pdf

This report shows how services in 11 local authorities in England helped to change the lives of young people at risk of entering care for the better. It identifies the successful intervention services seen by inspectors during the survey and considers what young people, their families and the managers and professionals interviewed explained as the main factors that contributed to effective help.

pdf EDGE OF CARE | Evaluation of the Face to Face service: Using a solution-focused approach with children and young people in care or on the edge of care, NSPCC, June 2015

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NSPCC 15 face-to-face-final-evaluation-report JUN 15.pdf

The Face to Face service supports children and young people aged between 5 and 18. This evaluation found that overall, Face to Face is a promising approach to helping them make reliable improvements to their own emotional wellbeing. Before receiving the Face to Face service, 58% of children and young people had wellbeing scores indicating clinical levels of distress, but by the end of their sessions this had reduced to only 15% of children. In total almost 60% of all children and young people showed a reliable improvement in their levels of wellbeing at the end of the service.