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Dumfries councillor David McKie has raised concerns that vulnerable children could be housed in private residential care without the knowledge of local social services. There is currently said to be no obligation for councils to notify each other when placing a child in residential accommodation outside the area. Mr McKie…
The Care Council for Wales (CCW) is once again hosting a series of seminars aimed at residential child care workers. This year’s seminars will take place in Cardiff and St. Asaph in November and December and will build on the successful seminars held last year. Delegates will have the opportunity…
The war of words between Scotland's largest local authority and a group of private care homes has escalated in an ongoing dispute over fees. Glasgow City Council has accused independent care homes of a "concerted resistance" to the introduction of a contract limit on the cost of providing care home…
The Care Council for Wales (CCW) have announced draft practice guidance for residential child care workers. The Residential Child Care Worker builds on the Code of Practice for Social Care Workers and aims to describe what is expected of workers. It is intended as a practical tool, aiding workers in…
Think-tank Demos have published a report providing the findings from the Commission on Residential Care, which drew on academics, practitioners, and other experts to consider the future of residential care (including care homes, extra care villages, and supported living) for older people and people with disabilities in England. It said…
The Scottish Journal for Residential Child Care will be publishing a special edition in Summer 2015 on issues related to management and leadership in residential child care. The editors are seeking papers which emphasise good practice or which focus on particular aspects of internal and/or external management, leadership roles, staffing…
NHS Trusts should sell surplus land next to hospitals to build enough care homes and supported living apartments to meet increasing demand, Paul Burstow MP will say. The former Care Minister will argue this is just one of many reforms urgently needed by the care sector in a speech announcing…
This Insight is intended to summarise the evidence in this challenging area of work and to support practitioners to reflect on their practice in this context. An enhanced understanding of trauma can enable practitioners and managers, from all the agencies working with children in care, to improve their practice with…
Some adult services run by a charity for people with disabilities have been suspended after a police investigation was started at a Devon centre it operates. The Dame Hannah Rogers Trust centre in Ivybridge is under investigation by Devon and Cornwall Police amid concerns over safeguarding. The police investgation is…
In 2007 Adrian Ward was commissioned by the National Centre for Excellence in Residential Child Care to write a paper on Leadership in Residential Child Care. The paper is available from the NCB website. Adrian Ward has now produced a revised and greatly expanded version of this influential paper, making…
At the Scottish Institute for Residential Child Care’s (SIRCC) conference in June, Ann McSorley, SSSC Senior Adviser in the Workforce Development and Planning Team held a workshop to let people know about The Standard for residential child care in Scotland. This new standard will allow training providers to develop a…
Six men have been arrested and charged in connection with allegations of historic child abuse at a residential school in Fife. The arrests are part of an ongoing police investigation into complaints of physical and sexual abuse at the former St Ninian’s School in Falkland, in the 1970s and 1980s.…