Children in care have the same right as any other young person to feel safe, secure and happy. Their hopes for the present and expectations for future success should not be diminished because of the circumstances in which they find themselves.
Recent data from the Department of Education shows a continuing rise in the number of children in care. On the 31 March 2018 there were over 75,000 children in care, an increase of 4% from the year before, and 17% since 2010. This presentation explores the reasons behind this trend and looks at key factors for policymakers to consider.
The Chelmsley Wood Reading Den is a library-based resource of books, audio-CDs, and DVDs, specifically chosen to support the needs of looked after and adopted children and young people and their carers and parents. Delivered in partnership between the Solihull Library Service and Solar, the emotional wellbeing and mental health service for children and young people in Solihull, the Reading Den aims to offer specialist resources in an accessible and non-stigmatising setting. These resources include books to educate and inform foster carers and parents, as well as books for children and caregivers to read together to help nurture relationships and support children’s emotional wellbeing through facilitating conversations about thoughts feelings and experiences, both ordinary and more difficult.
How do we make the right decisions for children and young people in care? What are the challenges when considering the return home for a Looked After child or young person? Return home practice remains an area that could benefit from more focus and discussion. This session will share personal experiences of using the Reunification Practice Framework with families and consider the benefits and challenges when implementing the framework across an organisation.
In both a pilot project (2010-11) and follow up feasibility study (S.U.S.I; 2014-17), an infant mental health assessment and intervention model was developed and delivered in an assertive outreach approach to Looked After babies, young children and their parents/carers. Target populations included children who were: Looked After; on a Child Protection Plan; and children of parents engaged with mental health services.
A description of the type and level of social-emotional, relational and general developmental difficulties identified will be presented, along with intervention outcomes and models of inter-agency work across Social Care, Health and 3rd Sector).
The needs and circumstances of unaccompanied asylum-seeking children share many of the characteristics of other looked after UK children but in many other respects they are quite different. Unaccompanied asylum seeking children are not only separated from their family but also from their community and country of origin and are seeking refuge from political, cultural, religious or other forms of persecution including armed conflict and war.
Top ten tips to making life in care a great experience. The three young people will deliver their tips and ask these to be embedded across organisations.
This panel debate will discuss how cooperation can be improved, address the barriers that hinder multi-agency communication and explore how to overcome the challenges of collaborative working to deliver improved outcomes for children.
With reduced resources and increasing demand for data, having all your systems in one place reduces the time spent duplicating data and the possibility of data handling errors. Working together to increase communication between stakeholders to improve learning outcomes for LAC.
At 18, young care leavers are more likely to not be in employment, education or training, be socially excluded or homeless or have come into contact with the criminal justice system. Making the transition to independent living can be challenging and there is a danger of these young people slipping through gaps between services. Support is needed to ensure care leavers have the necessary skills to successfully move on with their lives.
What is it like to be a child taken into care? Whilst professionals and statutory bodies make decisions in good faith, it is the children and young people who are most qualified to describe their experiences and explain their needs and wants.
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