Children's Homes Quality Standards Partnership

The Children's Homes Quality Standards Partnership have provided the following information for the Children's Home Sector 1. First edition of the Quality Standards Newsletter2. Newsflash - providing information on the support available to children's homes implementing the Quality Standards* The Partnership would welcome contact from those in the children's homes sector about: What support you may need to implement the Quality Standards and new Regulations What tools / resources and services you may be able to offer So get in touch with them if you...

Monday, 18 May 2015

Contacts for notification of out of area placements of looked after children

The Association of Directors of Children's Services (ADCS) has today published a central resource on its website at: which brings together: secure email contact details, hyperlinks to local area information, links to the statutory guidance, a postcode checker and suggested information for inclusion in any notification. This resource will be useful forLocal Authorities to use when: planning placements, or notifying other local authorities of out of area placements of looked after children. Providers who have a duty to notify their host authority of children...

Friday, 10 April 2015

State of the nation report on children’s social care. - Ofsted's Annual report published

The Ofsted social care annual report for 2013/14 was made available on the 10 March. The findings draw upon over 5,600 inspections of a range of crucial social care services, including local authority children's services, children's homes, fostering services, adoption support agencies, secure training centres and residential family centres. To access the report click here.

Thursday, 19 March 2015

No voice unheard, no right ignored – a consultation for people with learning disabilities, autism and mental health conditions

The Department of Health has developed a green paper, which opened for consultation on 6 March 2015. The scope of the consultation primarily relates to: (i) assessment and treatment in mental health hospitals for people (all age) with learning disability or autism; (ii) adult care and support, primarily for those with learning disability but also for adults with autism (and the links to support for children and young people); and (iii)allthose to whom the Mental Health Act currently applies (including children and young people). For...

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Children's Homes Regulations 2015 - now online

On 6 March 2015 the Children's Homes Regulations 2015 were laid in Parliament. The Regulations come in to force on 1 April 2015. The Guide to Children's Homes Regulations including the Quality Standards and the Department for Education (DfE) consultation response report have been published on the DfE website. According to the DfE, the Regulations and accompanying Guide aim to: ensure that children's homes provide high quality care, set high aspirations for children and enable them to achieve their full potential, as the best homes...

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Reminder - A request from our Local Authorities re: Regulation 33 reports

A friendly reminder on behalf of the London boroughsre: Regulation 33 Reports According to the amendments to the Children's Homes Regulations 2001: The Children's Homes and Looked after Children (Miscellaneous Amendments) (England) Regulations 2013, the legislation states: (9) The indpendent person shall produce a written report about a visit (referred to in this regulation as "the independent person's report") and provide a copy of the report to - (a) HMCI; (b) upon request, the local authority for the area in which the home is located;...

Monday, 9 March 2015

Tackling Child Sexual Exploitation - a resource pack

The Local Government Association has published a free resource for Councils focused on tackling child sexual exploitation. To read it follow this link.

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Closing 27 February - Department for Education Consultation - for evidence on distributing special educational needs and disability (SEND) funding

The Department for Education are inviting interested individuals and organisations to help them work out better ways to distribute special educational needs and disability (SEND) funding. To help with this, they have a pack of data about children and young people withSEND andare interested in any conclusions drawn from this. They are also interested in any local knowledge that could inform the national debate on how best to allocate this funding in the longer term. To contribute follow this link:

Thursday, 5 February 2015

Extending Staying Put legislation to all children leaving care

The Government is considering a report supporting children to remain in residential care until they are 21 at an annual cost of £76m. "Staying Put for young people in residential care: A scoping exercise" was produced by The National Children's Bureau, The Who Cares? Trust, Action for Children, Barnardo's, Together Trust and Loughborough University. Click hereto read the Community Care article and here to download the report.

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Rethinking Adequate Ofsted

The Independent Children's Homes Association (ICHA) published the report "Rethinking the current impact of an Adequate Ofsted inspection on placement in children's homes decision making". The report found that local authorities are reluctant to place children in homes with an "adequate" Ofsted rating and it makes recommendations on how to support homes maintaining a "good" rating. Click here to download the report.

Wednesday, 4 February 2015