Nothing prepares you for being a foster parent during a global pandemic – Metro

@MartinBarrow spotlights a paradox that has arisen in these strange and uncertain times where foster careers, (responsible on behalf of society) for other people’s children, are unable to see their own children or grandchildren. Recipe for future disharmony? — Read on metro.co.uk/2020/04/02/ive-fostering-12-years-navigating-global-pandemic-frightens-12493734/amp/

Hillcrest Children’s Services Limited (a privately owned limited Company is closed by Ofstead.

Following a monitoring visit this privately owned care home was found not be safe. That said, both leaders and managers took urgent action to address the concerns and this means the home is to close temporarily – whilst improvements are made. At the time of the monitoring visit, two children were living in the homeContinue reading “Hillcrest Children’s Services Limited (a privately owned limited Company is closed by Ofstead.”

This is a guest post from Bob Grieg, Co Chair of Only Mums and Only Dads and co author of 101 Questions Answered About Separating With Children – “The Transparency Project”

A view from the cheap seats | The Transparency Project — Read on http://www.transparencyproject.org.uk/a-view-from-the-cheap-seats/

Children’s Commissioner for England warns the same mistakes that led to child sexual exploitation are being repeated with gangs | Children’s Commissioner for England

Children’s Commissioner for England warns the same mistakes that led to child sexual exploitation are being repeated with gangs | Children’s Commissioner for England — Read on http://www.childrenscommissioner.gov.uk/2019/02/28/childrens-commissioner-for-england-warns-the-same-mistakes-that-led-to-child-sexual-exploitation-failings-are-being-repeated-with-gangs/

Excellent and progressive idea in restorative practice: ‘Improving the quality of frontline social work’ | Sutton Social Care | The Guardian

As part of a transformation programme, the London borough of Sutton has introduced a new way of delivering social work. Steering away from box-ticking, the council’s new approach is more personal and effective — Read on amp.theguardian.com/sutton-social-care/2019/jun/03/restorative-practice-improving-the-quality-of-frontline-social-work

Fascinating update (study) ‘How Attachment Style Changes Through Multiple Decades Of Life.’ Spoiler alert: it is not all down to parents.

“Attachment theory, which was first proposed in the 1950s by the British psychoanalyst John Bowlby, is one of the most influential in psychology. It argues for the importance of our earliest relationships with our caregivers, and predicts that these formative bonds will shape the nature of our connections with other people for the rest ofContinue reading “Fascinating update (study) ‘How Attachment Style Changes Through Multiple Decades Of Life.’ Spoiler alert: it is not all down to parents.”

‘Is it not children who bind not just families but the whole world together’ Kazuo Ishiguro, When we were orphans’.

Call for inquiry into abusive parents’ access to children – BBC News — Read on http://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/www.bbc.co.uk/news/amp/uk-48230618

Glad to see Metropolitan Police (London at least) are encouraging LGBT+ community to report cases of hate crime to the Police.

The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) is supporting the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Interphobia & Transphobia (IDAHOBIT). — Read on news.met.police.uk/news/met-encouraging-lgbt-plus-community-to-report-cases-of-hate-crime-to-police-369323

Lone parents lose benefits cap challenge at supreme court – a stark reminder the the Courts are a check in the system but Government is in Charge.

Justices reject appeal despite Lord Wilson saying impact of cap was ‘undoubtedly harsh’ — Read on amp.theguardian.com/society/2019/may/15/lone-parents-lose-benefits-cap-challenges-supreme-court

Inspiring article ‘Jon Adams was aged 52 learnt learned he had Asperger syndrome. He and others explain the impact – The Guardian

Jon Adams was 52 when he learned he had Asperger syndrome. As adult referrals rise, he and others explain the impact – good and bad – of a late diagnosis — Read on amp.theguardian.com/society/2016/nov/19/autism-diagnosis-late-in-life-asperger-syndrome-john-harris

Born of injustice – troubling reporting supported by the BMA – looking at perceived failures in our laws that result in babies being separated from their biological mothers

Junior doctor Carrie Adams had her baby taken away when she was a day old. Now she has won the right to reveal what happened to her. Now, with the BMA’s help, she has won the right to reveal what happened to her. — Read on http://www.bma.org.uk/features/bornofinjustice/

The thousands of children missing out on key support for diagnosed special educational needs in England”, it absolutely is ‘a national scandal.’ Depriving those already disadvantaged of a decent education is tantamount to robbery.

Missing special needs support ‘a national scandal’ – BBC News — Read on http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/amp/education-46400397

Farcical of DWP to claim a small proportion of appeal decisions are overturned and most employment and support allowance and personal independence payment claimants were happy with their assessments.

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2018/feb/12/disability-benefit-appeals-department-for-work-and-pensions-figures

Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO) meant many private family law cases (including arrangements that can result in one parent not seeing their children at all ) do not qualify for a publicly funded lawyer.

Family Lawyers Are Turning Away Thousands Of People In Child Access Battles Thanks To Legal Aid Cuts — Read on http://www.buzzfeed.com/amphtml/emilydugan/parents-family-court-no-lawyer-legal-aid-cuts

“An Important UK Law On Racial Discrimination Is 50 Years Old” well worth revisiting – published by RightsInfo

An Important UK Law On Racial Discrimination Is 50 Years Old – RightsInfo — Read on rightsinfo.org/an-important-uk-law-on-racial-discrimination-is-50-years-old/

This is a blog post by Louise Tickle, journalist member of The Transparency Project. It relates to yesterday’s Times article by Andrew Norfolk and the blog post from our chair Lucy Reed that we published yesterday in response, and in which we indicated that we might in due course publish other posts which expressed different views. You can read that blog and link to the original Times article here

I’d have written that article too | The Transparency Project — Read on http://www.transparencyproject.org.uk/id-have-written-that-article-too/

Today the High Court granted permission for a judicial review challenge to the exorbitant fees that the Home Office charges to children registering as British citizens. The Project for the Registration of Children as British Citizens argues that charging kids £1,012 to take up their legal entitlement to become British is unlawful.

The High Court has granted permission for a judicial review challenging the exorbitant fees that children registering as British citizens are forced to pay. — Read on http://www.freemovement.org.uk/permission-granted-registration-fees-judicial-review/

Universal credit ‘a serious threat to public health, after a study revealed that the stress of coping with the new benefits system had so profoundly affected claimants’ mental health that some considered suicide.’

Research for Gateshead council finds system increases depression and anxiety — Read on amp.theguardian.com/society/2018/nov/15/exclusive-new-study-links-universal-credit-to-increased-suicide-risk

One hoax phone call, 12 years behind bars: the prisoners with learning disabilities – excellent report by journalists at the Guardian

A disproportionate number of people in UK prisons have learning disabilities. Three of them tell their stories — Read on amp.theguardian.com/society/2018/oct/27/one-hoax-phone-call-12-years-behind-bars-the-prisoners-with-learning-disabilities

The government’s figures show big rises in the numbers of education, health and care plan assessments being refused or delayed “People give up’ – disturbing and something I see in my day job mediating between parents and local authorities.

— Read on amp.theguardian.com/education/2017/sep/05/crisis-in-support-for-sen-children-ehc-plans

Home Affairs Committee airs “particular” concerns about the impact on children of court proceedings, and the lack of co-ordinated support for them. There is a need for more specialist children’s workers who are trained to recognise the impact of domestic abuse on children, and to ensure that the relevant statutory organisations respond to their needs. We recommend that the new Commissioner should have, as a priority in the first year of office, to review the impact upon children of the interaction between the family courts, children’s services, CAFCASS and the police, with particular reference to contact arrangements in domestic violence cases. (Paragraph 119)

Domestic Abuse – Home Affairs Committee – House of Commons — Read on publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201719/cmselect/cmhaff/1015/101509.htm

“Being sectioned can be a hugely traumatic, not just for the person with a mental illness, but also for their families and close friends. Witnessing someone you love, pushed to the point of needing involuntary, professional intervention is really scary, and can leave you feeling utterly helpless. ” A new BBC Three show, In My Skin, explores the idea of caring for a family member with severe mental illness.

It can leave you feeling utterly helpless. — Read on metro.co.uk/2018/10/21/this-is-what-it-is-like-to-have-a-relative-who-has-been-sectioned-8050918/amp/

Students should be encouraged to think and challenge – so to be excluded from Spalding Grammar School after ‘silent protest’ over controversial bags policy is (IMHO) excessive.

An A-Level student was excluded from Spalding Grammar School for two days after silent protest over controversial ban on large bags. — Read on http://www.spaldingtoday.co.uk/news/student-excluded-after-silent-protest-over-controversial-bags-policy-9046813/

Domestic Violence against women. Free online courses available from HELP (Human Rights Education for Legal Professionals)

The Council of Europe Human Rights Education for Legal Professionals (HELP) Programme and the Council of Europe Violence against Women Division have together created the free online course on Violence against Women and Domestic Violence. This online course covers in an interactive way the key concepts, the international and European legal framework and the EuropeanContinue reading “Domestic Violence against women. Free online courses available from HELP (Human Rights Education for Legal Professionals)”

“We know that the status children have can change easily and sometimes frequently. The lack of legal aid available for families to resolve their immigration status can mean children fall in and out of services, leaving them exposed to considerable risk. “Undocumented children are often excluded from accessing mainstream benefits, secondary NHS healthcare and local authority homelessness assistance, and their parents are sometimes not allowed legally to work. Children in such families, care leavers and young adults who are over 18 with unresolved immigration issues are at serious risk of destitution and, at worst, abuse and exploitation, as a result of hardening immigration policies and cuts to legal aid. Legal Aid: Post-Implementation Review – Hansard

Hansard (the Official Report) is the edited verbatim report of proceedings of both the House of Commons and the House of Lords. Daily Debates — Read on hansard.parliament.uk/commons/2018-09-04/debates/B65C30AA-032A-4957-9064-EA19A3891488/LegalAidPost-ImplementationReview

The Equality and Human Rights Commission also drew attention to the fact that the removal of most private family law from the scope of legal aid affects women disproportionately, and of course the removal of most immigration law impacts people from certain ethnic minorities. Legal Aid: Post-Implementation Review – Hansard

Hansard (the Official Report) is the edited verbatim report of proceedings of both the House of Commons and the House of Lords. Daily Debates from Hansard are published on this website the next working day. — Read on hansard.parliament.uk/commons/2018-09-04/debates/B65C30AA-032A-4957-9064-EA19A3891488/LegalAidPost-ImplementationReview

More evidence emerges on impact of informal exclusions | ROTA – Race On The Agenda

Since 2012, ROTA has been gathering evidence on informal school exclusions, a practice which has continued, under various guises, including ‘off rolling’ and ‘home schooling’ to the detriment of pupils and their families who have experienced this. We report here on new information coming through, that suggests that the issue, far from going away, isContinue reading “More evidence emerges on impact of informal exclusions | ROTA – Race On The Agenda”

In Britain every child has fundamental expectation. That’s why heads, teachers, support staff and parents are urging HM Gov to: Properly fund SEND in all schools/colleges, ensuring no child has to wait for a place in school Give funding back to local authorities so they can commission SEND support and services in line with what children in their community need Education Secretary Damian Hinds: urgently fund education for children with special needs.

The Government is failing to provide funding for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). For schools, 91% of whom are facing real-terms budget cuts, it’s becoming increasin… — Read on actionnetwork.org/forms/education-secretary-damian-hinds-urgently-fund-education-for-children-with-special-needs

Help required from autistic adults (>18 years) to feedback on mental health assessment tools in an anonymous online survey. Your feedback will make sure questions in new adapted tools are appropriate for those on autistic spectrum: Autism Delphi Survey

Qualtrics sophisticated online survey software solutions make creating online surveys easy. Learn more about Research Suite and get a free account today. — Read on nottinghampsych.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_e4hJq71rBr7CEux

From art to autism, a blog which also happens to briefly touch on the prevailing view on autism during the 1960s and 70s in terms of causes? | The Psychologist

From art to autism | The Psychologist — Read on thepsychologist.bps.org.uk/volume-26/edition-12/art-autism

Justice Update:Written statement – HCWS853 – UK Parliament

Government (at last) announces loosening of controls over to legal aid for unaccompanied and separated migrant children. Simple really, shame it required a Charity to widen the remit. Nothing short of a full reinstatement of Legal Aid is sufficient. — Read on http://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/written-questions-answers-statements/written-statement/Commons/2018-07-12/HCWS853

“What Happens Next? report again highlights the fact that there are notable differences in the outcomes of disabled and non-disabled graduates- and this employment disadvantage experienced by graduates with disabilities has clear links to social mobility. This represents an issue that should be tackled not only for moral purposes, but also for economic reasons: disabled graduates represent a talented group of individuals who have the potential to contribute to the UK economy and so be of benefit to all society. | Wonkhe Analysis

Keren Coney summarises this year’s AGCAS study into the destinations of disabled graduates — Read on wonkhe.com/blogs/the-destinations-of-disabled-graduates/

I see this every day in my professional capacity. A “silent crisis” in the care system has left more than 13,000 children with unacceptable levels of support from local authorities, an analysis warns. Tens of thousands more are being looked after by English councils that are deemed to be in need of improvement, with warnings that a £3bn shortfall in the budget for children’s services will emerge by 2025. Anne Longfield, the children’s commissioner for England, said the findings cast “a stark spotlight on the inadequacies of systems that are meant to be in place to support our most vulnerable children”. | The Guardian

Short-term thinking and lack of funding are wrecking the life chances of young people in the care of local authorities — Read on http://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/aug/18/crisis-inadequate-council-caring-for-thousands-of-children-local-authority-care

Disabled people have the right to participate in society on an equal and accessible basis. In the UK the Equality Act 2010 makes it unlawful to discriminate against disabled people in terms of work, education or the provision of products & services. Employers, educators and providers of goods and services must make all reasonable changes to the way they do things to avoid excluding or disadvantaging disabled people.

Home Page — Read on justreasonable.org.uk/

Collaboration is the Way Forward, says Report — Global Pound Conversation

A report by Herbert Smith Freehills, Pricewaterhouse Coopers and the International Mediation Institute reveals that parties want to resolve their disputes through “mixed mode dispute resolution” and collaborative processes, rather than adversarial processes like arbitration — Read on http://www.globalpound.org/2018/05/16/collaboration-is-the-way-forward-says-report/

CBT revolutionised mental health care. For many mental health conditions, there is now considerable evidence that CBT is as, or more, effective than drug treatments. Yet, just like any form of psychotherapy, CBT is not without the risk of unwanted adverse effects.

Interviews with 100 CBT-therapists reveal 43 per cent of clients experience unwanted side-effects from therapy | BPS — Read on http://www.bps.org.uk/news-and-policy/interviews-100-cbt-therapists-reveal-43-cent-clients-experience-unwanted-side

The dystopia of the child-protection industry, interesting article that in-part explains why the UK approach to having an Independent Person shadowing complaint investigators is beneficial | spiked

From Norway to Britain, more kids are being seized from their parents. — Read on http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/the-dystopia-of-the-child-protection-industry/21673

At first HM Govt make social housing a scarce resource, then they make access to that resource almost impossible even for this who are suffering further hardship. They could allow local authorities to build more houses. Gullu, R (On the Application BOROUGH OF HILLINGDON [2018] EWHC 1937 (Admin) (26 July 2018)

Gullu, R (On the Application Of) v THE LONDON BOROUGH OF HILLINGDON [2018] EWHC 1937 (Admin) (26 July 2018) — Read on http://www.bailii.org/cgi-bin/format.cgi(1937%22

Homelessness: Are temporary accommodation boards in London a way forward? |Trust for London

A different way of working?: Temporary Accommodation Boards in London | Trust for London — Read on http://www.trustforlondon.org.uk/news/different-way-working-temporary-accommodation-boards-london/

The continuing cruelty & deceit of our elected Government says a lot about the electorate and society – The Guardian

DWP was found to have unlawfully discriminated against men who were forced on to universal credit — Read on amp.theguardian.com/society/2018/jul/31/government-to-pay-thousands-to-disabled-men-over-benefits-discrimination-universal-credit

Vulnerable Havering residents moved to flats – most of which had no furniture at all, including not having a bed, meaning families with children were forced to sleep on the floor – and some had been given one housing offer and 24 hours to ‘take it or leave it’.- Romford Recorder

Havering Council has been urged to treat its homeless with more respect after a number of the borough’s vulnerable people were moved to Clacton without the council there being informed. — Read on http://www.romfordrecorder.co.uk/news/tendring-council-condemns-havering-s-treatment-of-vulnerable-homeless-1-5631643

Appalling conduct by Home Office: ‘Child refugees may be missing because of Home Office failure’ says Safe Passage charity, as government loses at Court of Appeal

‘Child refugees may be missing because of Home Office failure’ says Safe Passage charity, as government loses at Court of Appeal | Safe Passage UK — Read on safepassage.org.uk/press_posts/child-refugees-may-be-missing-because-of-home-office-failure-says-safe-passage-charity-as-government-loses-at-court-of-appeal/

What would it take to end homelessness? Find out and join the debate at this free evening seminar in London Tuesday, 11 September, 2018 17.30 to 19.30

assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/729944/What_would_it_take_to_end_homelessness_seminar_flyer_Sept_2018.pdf

First the NHS, then Justice and Local Govt crumble “risks of standards in local government being breached have increased since 2010 while mitigations have been weakened or removed, Solace (Society of Local Authority Chief Executives) has warned.”

Local Government Lawyer – Risks of standards breaches have increased, while mitigations weakened: Solace — Read on localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk/index.php

A councillor has won a High Court battle with a town council in Herefordshire over sanctions the authority imposed following a complaint by the clerk and deputy clerk.

Local Government Lawyer – Councillor succeeds in High Court challenge to imposition of sanctions — Read on localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk/index.php

Disturbing to read “Crouch has confirmed that £9,781,587 handed to providers in 2016 on places that were not filled cannot be recouped because the money was spent on “upfront costs.”

Read In the July edition of CYP Now: Children’s zone, care commissioning special and Tracy Brabin and the latest children services news & best practice on Children & Young People Now — Read on http://www.cypnow.co.uk/cyp/news/2005485/in-the-july-edition-of-cyp-now-childrens-zone-care-commissioning-special-and-tracy-brabin

Good to read that HM Govt (DfE) is to establish National Stability Forum for Children’s Social Care BUT can you think of a one size fits’ all approach that Govt have made work. Surely properly funded localism with strategy set by Govt is best?

Read DfE to establish National Stability Forum for Children’s Social Care and the latest children services news & best practice on Children & Young People Now — Read on http://www.cypnow.co.uk/cyp/news/2005560/dfe-to-establish-national-stability-forum-for-childrens-social-care

Much is said about excluded pupils but what of those unofficially excluded or pressurised to withdraw and ‘abandoned by education system’ ?

Watch here how exclusion impacts children (from their perspective) and read pupils ‘abandoned by education system’ and the latest children services news & best practice on Children & Young People Now — Read on http://www.cypnow.co.uk/cyp/news/2005567/excluded-pupils-abandoned-by-education-system

Rightly, campaigners criticise scale and pace of government’s cruel children’s mental health plans

Read Campaigners criticise scale and pace of government’s children’s mental health plans and the latest children services news & best practice on Children & Young People Now — Read on http://www.cypnow.co.uk/cyp/news/2005569/campaigners-criticise-scale-and-pace-of-governments-childrens-mental-health-plans