default Children on Independent Reviewing Officers, Children's Rights Direotor, 2011

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CRD 11 Children on Independent Reviewing Officers 2011.pdf

Independent Reviewing Officers (IRO) are professionals working with children in care in addition to their social workers.Each child in care should have an IRO. Their role is to check that the council is doing what it should be doing for the child while they are in care, to go to all the child’s reviews and to make sure they are done properly, to check on the child’s care plan, and to make sure the council takes proper notice of the child’s wishes and feelings.

default Draft policy for developing advocacy services consultation response, Children's Law Centre, 2011

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Response to the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety's consultation on its draft policy for developing advocacy services.

default Empowering involvement and ensuring a voice for looked after children and care leavers Southwark's Speaker Box, OFSTED, 2013

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OFS 13 Speaker box 11 Apr 13.pdf

Speaker Box provides support to looked after children and care leavers, targeting those aged from 8 to 24 years. It ensures that they have a voice; that the messages from consultation are heard and acted on by decision-makers. Speaker Box operates independently, and is run by those in care and care leavers. It is supported by children’s services practitioners, senior managers, elected members and other agencies including health and youth services.

default Get it Sorted: Providing effective advocacy services for children and young people making a complaint under the Children Act 1989, Department for Education and Skills, 2004

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DfE 04 Providing effective advocacy services guidance 2004.pdf

This section 7 guidance is designed to provide all children's services staff with an understanding of the new duties in relation to advocacy for children and young people making or thinking about making a complaint under the Children Act 1989 as introduced by the Adoption and Children Act 2002 in England.

default Getting advice, Children's Rights Director, 2010

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CRD 10 Getting advice 2010.pdf

This report, by the Children's Rights Director for England, is based on the experiences of 351 children and young people in care and care leavers.  It details their views and experiences of getting the information and advice they need on things that matter to them.

document Helping children get the care experience they need: Independent advocacy for children and young people in care ABSTRACT, Children's Commissioner for England, June 2016

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OCC 16 Helping children ABSTRACT JUN 16.docx

This abstract provides details of a report which examines awareness of and access to independent advocates by children and young people in care.

default Independent Advocacy Guide for Commissioners, Scottish Government, 2013

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SCOGOV13 Independent Advocacy Guide for Commissioners 2013.pdf

This revised Guidance aims to capture the many developments since the publication of the original Guide to Commissioners in 2001.

document Independent advocacy: Impact and outcomes for children and young people ABSTRACT, University of Central Lancashire & National Children's Bureau, April 2016

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UCLAN 16 Independent advocacy ABSTRACT APR 16.docx

This abstract provides details of research conducted for the Children’s Commissioner for England which looked specifically at the impact and outcomes of independent advocacy for children and young people.

default Independent reviewing officers: taking up the challenge? OFSTED, June 2013

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OFS 13 Independent reviewing offices taking up the challenge JUN 13.pdf

Local authority independent reviewing officers (IRO), who are responsible for reviewing the cases of children in care, have not acted with sufficient speed to take on additional responsibilities according to a report by OFSTED.

default Independent Visitors, Children's Rights Director, 2012

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CRD 12 Independent visitors 2012.pdf

This is the first report by the Children's Rights Director which details children and young people's views and experiences of having an Independent Visitor to work with them. This is a statutory, volunteer role. Overall, children value and want Independent Visitors as advisers and adults to discuss issues with but do not see them as befrienders who are needed when there is little family contact (the legal basis for allocating one to a child), nor as especially needed to take them out (the most common activity).

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pdf Missing Voices: Right to be heard ABSTRACT, Children's Commissioner for Wales, July 2014

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CC4W 14 Missing Voices ABSTRACT 2014.pdf

This latest progress report found that 63% of the 384 children in care questioned did not know who their advocacy provider was. It also found little evidence of local authorities actively looking at the take up of advocacy services in relation to the size of their looked after population.

default National Standards for the provision of children's advocacy services, Department of Health, November 2002

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DOH 02 National standards for the provision of children's advocacy services NOV 02.pdf

These standards, issued under Section 7(1) of the Local Authority Social Services Act 1970, will help all agencies commissioned by councils with social service responsibilities to provide advocacy for looked after children and for those in need.  They set the minimum level that children and young people can expect from professionals providing advocacy services.

default Reflections of a Guardian Ad Litem on the participation of looked after children in public law proceedings, Cathy Donnelly, 2010

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CCIP 10 ABSTRACT Reflections of a Guardian Ad Litem APR 10.pdf

'Reflections of a Guardian Ad Litem on the participation of looked after children in public law proceedings' abstract
Cathy Donnelly
Published in Child Care in Practice, Volume 16, Issue 2, April 2010

default Report on EPIC advocacy cases 2010, EPIC (Empowering People in Care), 13 April 2012

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EPIC 12 Report on EPIC Advocacy cases 2010 13 April 2012.pdf

This report presents information on the young people who engaged with the EPIC
Advocacy service in 2010.  The main aim of this report is to give a profile of this group of young people and to gain some insight into their presenting issues. It is the second annual report.

default Report on EPIC advocacy cases 2011, EPIC (Empowering People in Care), 23 January 2013

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EPIC 13 Report on EPIC Advocacy cases 2011 23 Jan 13.pdf

This report presents information on the young people who engaged with the EPIC Advocacy service in 2011. The main aim of this report is to give a profile of this group of young people and to gain some insight into their presenting issues.  It is the third annual report.

default Someone just for me....Independent visitors: the benefits for looked after children and young people, NSPCC, 2010

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NSPCC-10 Someone just for me Independent Visitors the benefits for looked after children and young people.pdf

Authored by Kathleen Toner with Desi O'Hagan, Cleeve Speers and Una Doherty, this NSPCC policy and practice briefing evaluates the benefits of two independent visiting projects delivered by the NSPCC in the Western and Northern Health and Social Care Trusts.  The paper examines the projects from a young person's perspective.

pdf Ten important things to know about Independent Reviewing Officers, Children's Rights Director

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CRD ND 10 important things to know about IROs.pdf

Ten important things to know about Independent Reviewing Officers (IRO) who chair LAC reviews in England.

default The developing role of the Guardian Ad Litem under the Children (NI) Order 1995, Patricia O'Kane, 2006

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CCIP 06 ABSTRACT The developing role of the Guadian Ad Litem under the Children NI Order 1995 APR 06.pdf

'The developing role of the Guardian Ad Litem under the Children (NI) Order 1995' abstract
Patricia O'Kane
Published in Child Care in Practice Volume 12, Issue 2, April 2006

pdf The role of Independent Reviewing Officers (IROs) in England Final Report, National Children's Bureau, March 2014

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NCB 14 The role of Independent Reviewing Officers (IROs) in England Final Report NCB MAR 14.pdf

The aim of this study is to provide an evidence base about the way the role of the IRO operates in order to inform future policy and practice.

default The role of Independent Reviewing Officers (IROs) in England: Findings from a national survey, National Children's Bureau, August 2013

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NCB 13 The role of IROs in England AUG 13.pdf

This research found that IROs often struggle to maintain ongoing scrutiny of how a child’s care plan is implemented. Only half (49 per cent) said they were always or often able to continually monitor the care given to looked-after children, and 58 per cent said they rarely or never received relevant court papers about children they were supervising.