The Independent Review of Children's Social Care
For those of you interested in care (or housing) provision for children, a recent report authored by Josh MacAlister is a useful read. The opening line in the executive summary states that this moment is a, “once in a generation opportunity to transform children’s social care.”
- Support to be more effective by creating a new multi-disciplinary service of Family Help within the community.
- A single Expert Child Protection Practitioner is responsible for making key decisions and sharing information across related agencies, working in conjunction with Family Help to ensuring streamlined communications;
- Recognising that the wider family can play a part in caring for children and thus supporting families to do so;
- Establishing new Regional Care Cooperatives to take responsibility for all care within their allotted region as well as being a single commissioning point for all care for children;
- Resolving inequalities suffered by children in care. A proposal that the UK should be the first country in the world to recognise the care experience as a protected characteristic, meaning it would illegal to discriminate against care leavers in the same way it is to discriminate on grounds of race or gender, for example.
- Investing in vastly improved training and development for social workers, family members and children’s home staff.
You can find the link to the report here.