DUE 4 September 2015 - Residential Childrens' Home - Case Study Opportunity for Department for Education

The Department for Eudcation has invited Residential Children's Homes to send in information for case studies about how they are beginning to use the Quality Standards and what they think about them. To take part contact the Children's Homes Quality Standards Partnership:

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Changes to the Guide - Children's Homes Quality Standards

The Children's Homes and Quality Standards Partnership have advised the following news: DfE have updated the Guide, making some very minor amendments to spelling and fixing some web links that were broken or out of date. A small amendment has also been made to the Qualifications table in Annex A (Page 69), so that registered persons can establish whether social work qualifications are equivalent to the Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management for Residential Childcare. Homes do not need to rush to print out...

Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Internship / Work / Job Skills Opportunities for Care Leavers

A free six week training programme is currently being offered to care leavers aged 16-26, starting 8thSeptember2015. Drive Forward Foundationexists as an organisation and registered charity to find sustainable employment for care leavers, aged 16-26, and support them to live a more independent life. The training programme aims to take individuals on a journey of discovery; involving interactive workshops and events designed to equip young people with the skills, confidence, motivation and networks needed to get a job. The next training programme is taking place...

Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Achieving emotional wellbeing for looked after children: a whole system approach

The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) undertook a project investigating whole systems approaches for improving the emotional wellbeing of looked after children in the UK. You can download a report here.

Wednesday, 5 August 2015

Principles of care

The Who Cares? Trust published a report setting out a vision for children in care and care leavers focusing on the care system, where the child lives, their education, what happens when things go wrong and leaving care. You can download the report here.

Wednesday, 5 August 2015

Children looked after placements by English local authorities as at 31 March 2014

This report presents information on the characteristics, including age, gender and ethnicity of all children looked after in Engalnd on 31 March 2014; where they were living and how long they have been there; and the providers of children's social care. To report can be dowloaded here.

Wednesday, 5 August 2015

Child sexual exploitation: 'making a difference' - the impact of the multi-agency approach to tackling CSE in Oxfordshire

This report outlines the collective work undertaken by agencies in Osfordshire to tackle perpetrators of child sexual exploitation (CSE) and protect children. You can download the report here.

Wednesday, 5 August 2015

Children's Social Care Innovation Programme

The Spring Consortium has just released the 3rd edition of the Children's Social Care Innovation Programme newsletter. To access the newsletter, please follow this link: The 53 projects have now moved into the delivery phase. The 3rd newsletter covers: · The first programme learning event · Some of the projects and how implementation of their innovations are going o North East Lincolnshire – Creating Strong Communities model o Priory Education Services – Belhave o Hertfordshire County Council – Family Safeguarding project ·Programme evaluation ·Programme news...

Tuesday, 4 August 2015

Major review into why a high proportion of looked-after children end up in the criminal justice system.

A nine-month review has been launched into why a high proportion of looked-after children end up in the criminal justice system. Publicised by CommunityCare, the review, established by the Prison Reform Trust is seeking evidence from all those who have experience of the criminal justice system and the care system. Including: Children and Young people Families Carers Social Workers, and Youth Offending professionals Submissions can be sent to:

Thursday, 25 June 2015

Skills Match

Skills Match, is an interactive tooldeveloped by MIME Consulting in partnership with London Councils, and funded by theOpen Data Breakthrough Fund. Skills Match allows the visual exploration of the relationship between skills supply and employer demand (at Level 3 and below) in London up to 2020. Its purpose is to enable policy-makers, practitioners and employers to take an intelligence-led, geographically-specific approach to addressing youth unemployment in London.It does this bybringing together skills data and labour market data. Programs such as this could assist providers and...

Thursday, 11 June 2015