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Aug
15

A new Continuing Professional Development (CPD) course on permanence for social workers in England has been launched by Research in Practice (RiP) While the course is based on English legislation, much of the content is useful for all practitioners engaged in permanence practice.   Read More ...


Aug
15

The Scottish Care Leaver’s Covenant support recommendations to extend the Homeless Persons (Unsuitable Accommodation) (Scotland) Order 2014. We highlight the rights and needs of care leavers to greater protection from experiencing unsuitable accommodation, and argue for prioritisation of care leaver’s needs when improving temporary accommodation standards in Scotland.   Read More ...



May
09

Report from the CELCIS evaluation of Quarriers Coaching for Life, a mentoring programme for care experienced young people.   Read More ...


Apr
04

The Job Grant is designed to provide assistance to young people to meet the initial costs of starting work. We support its introduction, and welcome proposals to ensure increased eligibility for care leavers in recognition of the additional barriers they may face in accessing employment. We suggests changes to eligibility criteria to ensure all care leavers can access the grant, and the provision of guidance to ensure the grant enhances (rather than replaces) financial support already available.   Read More ...


Mar
15

We have produced a briefing for corporate parents about the rights of care experienced people to access their records, the importancce of records to understanding their family and identity, and the duties and best practices for corporate parents when dealing with requests to access them. This briefing highlights experiences, views and needs of care experienced people, alongside research evidence, and discusses key issues for best practice.   Read More ...


Feb
12

We contribute to the Westminster APPG’s inquiry into care experienced children and young people’s access to financial education.   Read More ...


Jan
28

The PACE Community is engaged in driving forward improvement for looked after children, and recently hosted a PACE Data Community Event, Milestones, Measures & Aims. How to incorporate the Data 'ask' into the system which looked at how data can practically be captured and analysed to drive and evidence improvement in achievement of early permanence for our looked after infants, children, and young people. The aim of the session was to look specifically at the key milestones on the journey to permanence and the data issues that these pose. We learned from examples of how local authority partnership areas have sought to address and overcome particular data issues, and shared general learning from CELCIS resulting from implementation of the PACE programme.   Read More ...


Jan
08

Guidance from the Care Inspectorate on best practice in admissions and matching of children and young people to make residential care a positive choice for all children in Scotland who require it.   Read More ...


Jan
07

Here we provide evidence to inform the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s scrutiny of the Age of Criminal Responsibility (Scotland) Bill (the Bill) at Stage 2.   Read More ...


Dec
17

Response to the Scottish Governments consultation on the Continuing Care (Scotland) Amendment Order 2019, which will ensure the continued eligibility of the current cohort of young people to continuing care as they increase in age. We fully support the Order, as the final annual increase extending the duty to provide continuing care to all eligible sixteen to twenty one year olds. Challenges to the full and consistent implementation of continuing care are also explored in this response.   Read More ...


Dec
04

Tommy McDade from Barnardo's Scotland talks about a programme that is supporting young people into the world of work for the first time.   Read More ...


Dec
02

Continuing the theme of Graham's first blog post on language and labelling, giving examples of when this is unhelpful.   Read More ...


Dec
01

Introducing issue 12 of REACH, which explores stigma, language, perception and the representation of care and care experience.   Read More ...


Nov
21

The CELCIS annual Gathering PACE event took place at the Perth Convert Hall on Wednesday 7 November 2018, where we welcomed 96 delegates to the event from across Scotland.   Read More ...


Nov
15

The UK Government’s Department for Education has published the Children looked after in England including adoption: 2017 to 2018 statistics for the year ending 31 March 2018. The statistics show that 75,420 children were looked after in the period covered, a 4% increase on 2016 to 2017. The statistics include information on demographics as well as age, gender and ethnicity, proportions of children in each placement type, and reasons for being looked after.   Read More ...


Oct
25

We've published a qualitative study to examine independent supported accommodation commissioned by local authorities in Scotland.   Read More ...


Oct
25

The Department for Education has published its annual children in need census in England for 2017 to 2018. The numbers are based on data from 152 local authorities in England and Wales. The report provides total numbers and demographics - such as gender, age and reason for assessment - of children referred to local authority social care services, children assessed to be ‘in need’, and children with child protection plans. Cases reported on include referrals, referrals leading to no further action, assessments, initial child protection conferences, child protection plans and child protection plan reviews.   Read More ...


Oct
22

This practice note outlines key considerations and a range of measures for local authorities to take as Corporate Parents to ensure consistent and effective implementation of the regulations now established in law   Read More ...


Oct
18

A report published by the Children’s Commissioner for England suggests there are 15,800 babies under the age of 1 considered by local authorities to be vulnerable or highly vulnerable and at risk of harm, but still living at home. The report comes as many local authorities are struggling with unprecedented financial pressures that are putting increasing strain on children’s social services.   Read More ...


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