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The stark reality of the looming crisis in child protection in England

Chris Mills / December 10, 2017 at 11:58 AM 29 views

An article in today’s Observer makes grim reading.https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/dec/10/30-local-authority-child-protection-departments-special-measuresIt succinctly details the funding pressures on English local authorities with respect to child protection services. It starkly details how a combination of rising demand and shrinking funding is precipitating a crisis. It…

Continuous Improvement in Child Protection

Chris Mills / November 22, 2017 at 5:55 PM 78 views

I concluded my previous post by observing that all too often innovations that make considerable initial impact are often followed by a period of sustained retrenchment during which the benefits are eroded. In this post, I want to develop that…

Two, four, six, eight, let’s all inn-o-vate!

Chris Mills / November 21, 2017 at 3:03 PM 93 views

The final evaluation report on the Children’s Social Care Innovation Programme [1] seemed to me to raise more questions than it answered.While the authors seemed generally upbeat about the impact of ‘Wave 1’ of the programme, to my mind their…

Up and up and up we go …

Chris Mills / November 8, 2017 at 3:29 PM 120 views

The Department for Education’s Characteristics of Children in Need: 2016 to 2017 England statistics have just been published.https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/characteristics-of-children-in-need-2016-to-2017It has been yet another year of unrelenting growth in the work of children’s services departments throughout the country. The number of Section…

The unacceptable face of inspection?

Chris Mills / November 19, 2016 at 8:48 AM 314 views

I have been reading a letter sent by Ofstedto Norfolk County Council, regarding a monitoring visit in October 2016, following an earlier finding of ‘inadequate’. I struggled to get to grips with much of the contents of this missive, which…

Good News – Clause 29 may be dead

Chris Mills / November 12, 2016 at 3:50 PM 306 views

It is very good news that the House of Lords has voted to strike out Clause 29 of the Children and Social Work Bill which many feared would give ministers sweeping powers to exempt some local authorities from their legal…

Parliament not ministers

Chris Mills / November 4, 2016 at 7:56 AM 320 views

The proposed new regulator for social work – apparently to be known as ‘Social Work England’ – must be accountable to Parliament, not ministers.Community Care reports that the government is proposing to make it accountable to ministers. But the government…

Is the law an ass?

Chris Mills / November 1, 2016 at 9:40 PM 347 views

“If the law supposes that," said Mr. Bumble, squeezing his hat emphatically in both hands, "the law is a ass — a idiot.” So wrote Charles Dickens in his novel Oliver Twist. I can’t help feeling that the law relating…

Morally indefensible – there’s not much more to say

Chris Mills / November 1, 2016 at 9:26 PM 289 views

We don’t need any more argument or discussion about the 1,000 children left homeless and sheltering in shipping containers at Calais. We need action. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/oct/31/1000-children-left-in-calais-refugee-camp-say-charities It is morally indefensible to leave children in these circumstances - something the UK Government does…

Mandatory Reporting – response to the consultation

Chris Mills / November 1, 2016 at 9:22 PM 271 views

Here is an edited version of the Executive Summary of the Safer Safeguarding Group’sresponse to the Home Office consultation on mandatory reporting of child abuse and neglect, which closed last month.The Safer Safeguarding Group, of which I am a member,…

I would be so impressed …

Chris Mills / October 29, 2016 at 7:56 PM 430 views

I would be so impressed if the British Government put aside considerations of who is responsible and who is not; and whether the French or the British government is to blame for the mess; and if it resisted the barracking…

JFDI

Chris Mills / October 27, 2016 at 9:12 PM 354 views

Somebody I know who was a senior nurse told me that she once wrote a memo to her manager pointing out that some planned changes in the hospital were not in patients’ best interests. The memo was returned with just…

Unbelievable, unacceptable, disgraceful, sad …

Chris Mills / October 27, 2016 at 8:20 PM 333 views

Apparently children have been left sleeping out after the clearance of ‘the jungle’.http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/14827244._Dozens_of_children_sleeping_by_road__after_Calais_clearance_declared_complete/There really aren’t words for it. It’s a disgrace.

How full is your stress bucket?

Chris Mills / October 25, 2016 at 9:55 PM 286 views

Researchers at the University of Plymouth have studied stress in 427 social workers in the UK. Not surprisingly they found high levels of stress and many people were found not to be coping well. Importantly they found that stress was…

Regulation – The Right Decision

Chris Mills / October 22, 2016 at 8:22 AM 283 views

The Government has at last taken the right decision to abandon its attempt to locate social work regulation within the Department for Education.  It will now create an independent body to take over regulation of social workers from the Health…

More analysis, less allegation

Chris Mills / August 30, 2016 at 2:22 PM 351 views

Allegations against a social worker involved in the case of Liam Fee (the murdered Fife toddler) are currently being put before the Scottish Social Services Council conduct sub-committee. It is said that she was "disorganised and chaotic".http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-37214772I do not know…

Delays in Child Protection IT

Chris Mills / August 27, 2016 at 8:22 PM 308 views

I am sorry to learn that it has proved necessary to announce a "recovery plan" for the Child Protection Information Sharing project, a system which will allow healthcare staff in hospital accident and emergency units and similar settings to identify children…