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Talking Sense in Scotland

Chris Mills / April 19, 2017 at 12:29 AM 67 views

 I was very pleased to see that Donald Henderson, the Scottish Government’s Deputy Director for Care and Protection, speaking at a recent event, is quoted as saying:“How did the best systems learn? The best systems learn from the mistakes they…

Top down improvements – doomed to fail

Chris Mills / April 18, 2017 at 11:30 PM 62 views

Trying to justify the Government’s ill-starred Assessment and Accreditation scheme for children’s social workers in England, Lord Nash, a junior minister in the Department for Education, told the House of Lords that:“Almost one in four councils inspected under Ofsted’s current…

The Knowledge

Chris Mills / April 6, 2017 at 7:31 PM 67 views

In recent months, my blog has been read more in the USA, Russia and France than it has been in Britain. I’m very pleased to have a thriving international audience, but having lots of non-British readers is challenging. In particular,…

Ofsted – beyond the pale

Chris Mills / April 1, 2017 at 12:30 AM 239 views

The body which inspects children’s social care services in England, Ofsted, is primarily an inspector of schools. For reasons which have never been entirely clear to me, the responsibility for children’s social care inspection was passed to Ofsted more than…

No good options?

Chris Mills / March 25, 2017 at 4:56 PM 254 views

Although it contains few surprises, there is a great deal that is important in the All Party Parliamentary Group for Children’s report of the Inquiry into Children’s Social Care in England, entitled No Good Options.The report is nicely summarised in…

The unacceptable face of inspection?

Chris Mills / November 19, 2016 at 8:48 AM 177 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 185 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 193 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 187 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 181 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 149 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 308 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 220 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 204 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 196 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 197 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 232 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 226 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…