William Eichler 05 July 2016

Children’s care homes often ‘underestimated', review finds

Children’s care homes often ‘underestimated, review finds image

Children’s care homes are too often viewed as an ‘anachronism’ and they are frequently ‘underestimated’, but improvements can still be made, report concluded.

An independent review of residential care in England, comissioned by the Department of Education, has discovered that, in spite of what is normally assumed, children living in residential homes in England are treated ‘overwhelmingly well.’

Depsite this, Sir Martin Narey, the former chief executive of Barnado’s and the report’s author, does put forward 34 recommendations for improving children’s residential care.

In the report’s introduction, Sir Narey wrote that children’s homes are ‘often viewed as an anachronism, to be used only as a last resort.’

He emphasised this was a mistake. ‘That is significantly to underestimate’, he explained, ‘the contribution they can make, the stability they can deliver, and the high quality care they can extend to children who have had terribly fractured lives.’

The review did, however, conclude there is still room for improvement and laid out a number of recommendations.

Sir Narey urged local authorities to be flexible when it comes to the issue of placement distance. He stressed the right placement for a child is more important than location.

He also recommended that local planning authorities should review their local plans to include a clear statement of housing need for children in children’s homes so providers understand whether or not additional homes are required.

Highways jobs

Change Lead, Adult Social Care & Health

London Borough of Bexley
£41,205 - £48,069
We are currently seeking an experienced Change Lead to work on our Adult Social Care Services’ transformation programme. Bexleyheath, London (Greater)
Recuriter: London Borough of Bexley

Deputy Team Manager

Brent Council
£41,847 - £44,691 p.a. inc.
An exciting opportunity has arisen in the Hospital Discharge Team (HDT) for an experienced Social Worker. Wembley, London (Greater)
Recuriter: Brent Council

Highways Estimator

Ringway
Competitive Salary
As the Highways Estimator you will join a busy environment and become an integral part of the team. Hounslow (London Borough), London (Greater)
Recuriter: Ringway

Joint Strategic Director of Commissioning 

West Sussex County Council
circa £130,000 per annum
The post holder will be able to demonstrate an understanding and embrace the opportunity to address the health... West Sussex
Recuriter: West Sussex County Council

Head of Lifelong Services

West Sussex County Council
up to £85,000 per annum
The Head of Lifelong Services will lead and deliver a new, co-produced, integrated and whole life approach and service working with people... West Sussex
Recuriter: West Sussex County Council

Local Government News

Latest issue - Local Goverrnemnt News

The December issue of Local Government News looks at the consequences a council may face if it is unable to provide statutory services, the launch of Liverpool’s housing company and how councils can best manage roles in local authority companies.

It also has a special section on green building and energy efficiency including what funding is available to enable councils to deliver heat networks and how councils can pay for ‘smart buildings’.

Register for your free magazine