default "It's no like one of those cafe places where you can order anything you want" Children and young people's views and experiences of food and nutrition in residential care, Scottish Government, 2011

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SCOGOV 11 Nutrition in resi care 2011.pdf

The Scottish Government set up a multi-agency working group in early 2009 to develop nutritional guidelines for children and young people living in residential settings. Members recognised the importance of basing the guidance around the views and experiences of children and young people living in residential care settings. In response to this, the Scottish Government commissioned Who Cares? Scotland to undertake a consultation and provide a report for the working group.

pdf 'Staying Put' for young people in residential care: A scoping exercise, National Children's Bureau, December 2014

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NCB 14 Staying Put A scoping exercise DEC 14.pdf

This collaborative report explores options for providing an equivalent of staying put for young people in residential care and the potential challenges and costs that will need to be taken into account for effective implementation. The Children and Families Act 2014 amended the Children Act 1989 so that local authorities now have a statutory duty to ‘monitor and support’ staying put arrangements for young people in foster care up to the age of 21, or until the young person stops living in the household before then. This report is solely concerned with delivering an equivalent level of support for young people who happen to be in residential care when they turn 18. It is not intended to set out the full range of support that young people leaving care need in their preparation for adulthood and independence.

pdf A census of the children's homes workforce, Department for Education, January 2015

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DfE 15 A census of the children's homes workforce JAN 15.pdf

This census was the first of its kind and was carried out to capture a snapshot of the children’s homes sector in 2013. The findings about the pay, qualifications and training of the workforce will be used to inform the Department for Education’s children’s home reform programme. Key points include: The level of staff meeting qualifications set out in regulation was generally positive across the sector. Managers reported that 80% of staff held a Level 3 qualification or higher and 12% were working towards the Level 3 Diploma; Overall, managers reported that only 1% of staff were being paid at or below the National Minimum Wage (NMW) and 11% of staff were being paid less than the Living Wage Rate (LWR); Recruitment of new staff across the sector seems to be of concern to managers, with over half of all managers (54%) saying that they find it difficult to recruit; Career pathways into and out of children’s homes seemed to be broadly similar. Staff primarily come from other children’s homes (29%) and leave to go to another children’s home (44%); There were some significant differences between local authority and privately run homes. Local authority run homes tended to have a larger number of places than privately run homes, but occupancy rates were similar between the two types of home. Reflecting this, local authority run homes tended to have a higher number of staff on average (15) compared to privately run homes (11). Privately run homes paid less per hour than local authority homes, with an average of £9.39 per hour in privately run homes against £13.28 in local authority run homes.

default A retrospective critical analysis of family support in practice within a residential care setting, Jeanne Thorne, 2007

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CCIP 07 ABSTRACT A retrospective critical analysis of family support JAN 07.pdf

'A retrospective critical analysis of family support in practice within a residential care setting' abstract
Dr Marie L. Caltabiano and Rosamund Thorpe
Published in Child Care in Practice, Volume 13, Issue 2, April 2007

pdf Behaviour management and reducing offending by children placed in children's homes Executive Summary, Department for Education, July 2013

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DfE 13 Behaviour management & reducing offending Ex Sum JUL 13.pdf

A research report into the mechanisms which could lead to children being prosecuted for behaviour in children’s homes. This research identifies key characteristics in residential settings that contribute to successfully manage behaviour and reduce the risk of criminalisation of looked-after children.

document Building houses of empathy: Recommendations for bullying prevention in children's residential care settings ABSTRACT, Houses of Empathy partners, June 2017

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HoE 17 Recommendations pub authorities ABSTRACT JUN 17.docx

These recommendations are aimed at public authorities and have been produced by Houses of Empathy partner organisations which includes VOYPIC.

default Changing Children's Homes, Children's Rights Director, December 2013

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CRD 13 Changing children's homes DEC 13.pdf

Children's views on government proposals in relation to changes to children's homes, to care planning, and to supporting children who run away from care.  This report also includes what makes a children’s home a good one and about when a children’s home should be closed, and if and when a poor children’s home should be kept open for a while to meet the needs of the children.

default Changing residential child care: A systems approach to consultation training and development, Johnnie Gibson et al, 2004

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CCIP 04 ABSTRACT Changing residential child care OCT 04.pdf

'Changing residential child care: A systems approach to consultation training and development' abstract
Johnnie Gibson, Marcella Leonard and Mena Wilson
Published in Child Care in Practice Volume 10, Issue 4, October 2004

default Child protection policy for children's homes consultation response, NSPCC, September 2009

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NSPCC-09 Child protection policy for children's homes consultation response, September 2009.pdf

default Children's and young person's guide to the inspection of children's homes, OFSTED, May 2011

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OFS 11 Children's guide to the inspection of children's homes MAY 11.pdf

pdf Children's Home Data Pack, Department for Education, June 2014

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DfE 14 Childrens Home Data Pack JUN 14.pdf

The pack (an update of 2013 pack) provides information on the children in the homes, the homes and their quality, their location and ownership, their cost, and the children’s homes market. For the first time, the inspection judgements awarded to the homes of the largest private providers are included.

pdf Children's home inspection framework, OFSTED, March 2014

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OFS 14 Children's home inspection framework MAR 14.pdf

This is a report on the outcomes of the consultation about the arrangements for the inspection of children's homes.

pdf Children's home's debate pack, CDP 2016/0082, House of Commons Library, 18 April 2016

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HOC 16 Children's homes debate pack 18 Apr 16.pdf

Westminster Hall debate on 19 April 2016 led by Anne Coffey (Stockport). She expressed concern about children and young people being placed out of their local authority area, noting that “The present situation in the continuing unequal distribution of children’s homes demonstrates a continuing catastrophic failure of the care market for some children. It seems to be working for the providers but not for the children themselves”. This Debate Pack contains a Library briefing and Parliamentary and press coverage of the issues.

pdf Children's homes data pack, Department for Education, December 2014

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DfE 14 Children's homes data pack DEC 14.pdf

The pack includes information about the children and young people who depend on children’s homes for their care; the quality, supply and provision of the homes themselves; how different local authorities use children’s homes. It has been updated with new analysis, including new sections on the relationship between children and their residential care placement, and outcomes for children in, or who have been in, residential care.

document Children's homes inspections & outcomes, OFSTED, 18 December 2014

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OFS 14 Children's homes inspections & outcomes 18 Dec 14.doc

Key points for the July to September quarter include there were fewer inspections; fewer homes received good or better Overall Effectiveness judgements; an increase in the proportion of homes receiving inadequate judgements; local authority and voluntary-run homes received a higher proportion of good or better judgements than privately-run homes.

default Children's Homes Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1996

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LEG 96 Children's Homes Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1996.pdf

These Regulations, which came into operation on 4 November 1996, govern the conduct and management of statutory, voluntary and private children's homes.  They supersede the existing Regulations relating to voluntary children's homes and provide that all types of children's homes, whether homes provided under Part VII of the Children (Northern Ireland) Order 1995, voluntary homes or registered children's homes are subject to the same or similar provisions.

default Children's Homes Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2005

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LEG 05 Children's Homes Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2005.pdf

These new arrangements replace the regulatory system in relation to children's homes provided for by the Children (Northern Ireland) Order 1995 and these Regulations supersede the Children's Homes Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1996 (as amended).

These Regulations establish the Northern Ireland Health and Personal Social Services Regulation and Improvement Authority ('the Regulation and Improvement Authority') and Part III provides for the registration and inspection of establishments and agencies, including children's homes, by the Regulation and Improvement Authority.

pdf Children's homes regulations amendments 2014, Department for Education, July 2014

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DfE 14 Children's homes regs amends 2014 JUL 14.pdf

This non-statutory advice will assist managers in children’s homes and prospective providers of new children’s homes to carry out duties under amended regulations for children’s homes which came into effect in January and April 2014.

pdf Children's homes regulations: high expectations and aspirations, Department for Education, September 2014

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DfE 14 Children's homes regs SEP 14.pdf

This consultation seeks views about proposals to revise the Children's Homes Regulations 2011 to introduce new 'Quality Standards' that children's homes must meet. The consultation closes on 14 November 2014.

pdf Children's homes: National Minimum Standards, Department for Education, 2011

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DfE 11 Children's homes National Minimum Standards 2011.pdf

This document contains the National Minimum Standards applicable to providers of children’s homes. These, together with the regulations such as the Children Homes Regulations 2001 as amended, form the basis of the regulatory framework under the Care Standards Act 2000 (CSA) for the conduct of children’s home providers.