The Department for Education has published research on children’s residential homes

The Department for Education has published research on children’s residential homes looking at the characteristics and circumstances of the children, and their short-term outcomes. Findings include: residential homes are normally small (average of six places) with high occupancy rate; most placements were short; homes were comfortable but unnecessarily institutional; and although most children were positive about their experience, they were wary of co-residents and there was inconsistent quality of interactions between staff and residents.
Source: Department for Education 13 March 2012
Further information:
Living in children’s residential homes

Ofsted has published a report from the Children’s Rights Director on children’s views of leaving care.

Ofsted has published a report from the Children’s Rights Director on children’s views of leaving care. Findings include: 61% felt their lives were better than if they hadn’t been taken into care; 26% said their lives were worse; 49% said they had been badly prepared for independence; and 46% said they left care too early.
Source: Children & Young People Now 12 March 2012
Further information:
Ofsted Press Release 12 March 2012

Cumbria Local Safeguarding Children Board has published the executive summary of the serious case review

Cumbria Local Safeguarding Children Board has published the executive summary of the serious case review into the death of Child F, who hanged himself at the age of 10. Issues include: several previous suicide attempts; child traumatised by witnessing assault of a friend; bullying; parental alcohol misuse; neglect and emotional abuse; and child mental health issues including depression and ADHD. The case was found to be poorly managed by agencies. Recommendations focus around child centred practice, recognising risk of suicide in children, failure to progress concerns about abuse/neglect, failure to consider FII, and engagement with men.
Source: BBC Online 13 March 2012
Further information:
Cumbria Local Safeguarding Children Board 13 March 2012

The University of Central Lancashire has published research from the Family Justice Council evaluating expert witnesses

The University of Central Lancashire has published research from the Family Justice Council evaluating expert witnesses and the quality of reports in the family courts. Findings include: variation in quality of reports; 20% of psychologists acting as expert witnesses are inadequately qualified; and two thirds of reports were below standard.
Source: University of Central Lancashire press release 14 March 2012
Further information:
Channel 4 News 13 March 2012

The Home Office has published a literature review looking at routes of human trafficking into the UK,

The Home Office has published a literature review looking at routes of human trafficking into the UK, including whether these routes are the same for adult and child victims. Information is summarised on routes, numbers of people trafficked, characteristics of victims and traffickers, and the drivers, costs and benefits of trafficking.
Source: Home Office website 14 March 2012
Further information:
An evidence assessment of the routes of human trafficking into the UK

Report on a pilot scheme running in three London boroughs which have merged their children’s services departments.

Children and Young People Now report on a pilot scheme running in three London boroughs which have merged their children’s services departments. The pilot trials a new approach to care proceedings, with a view to speeding up the time it takes for decisions on children’s futures to be made.
Source: Children & Young People Now 09 March 2012

The Guardian looks at how some councils’ children’s services are applying the ideas set out in the Munro Review

The Guardian looks at how some councils’ children’s services are applying the ideas set out in the Munro Review. Examples include: Cornwall has appointed a principal child and family social worker; and Cambridgeshire has adopted a practice model highlighted as good practice in the Munro review.
Source: Guardian 13 March 2012

Manchester City Council is piloting a scheme to introduce intensive foster care

Manchester City Council is piloting a scheme to introduce intensive foster care for children currently living in residential homes, funded by social impact bonds, in the hope that it will save

CPTUK limited © 2018 | Terms & Conditions | Privacy Policy


Head Office: Child Protection Training UK,

20 - 22 Wenlock Road, London N1 7GU

Registered in England No: 07433306

Vat registered: GB 142 261250