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Compliance and Cover-up

Chris Mills / July 31, 2019 at 7:17 PM 123 views

It doesn’t take a lot of thought to conclude that there must have been a toxic culture of cover-up and denial in Nottinghamshire and the City of Nottingham. The Guardian quotes Professor Alexis Jay, chair of The Independent Inquiry into…

Children’s Minister

Chris Mills / July 28, 2019 at 10:48 AM 132 views

No sooner had I lamented the tardiness of the Johnson government in appointing a children’s minister than one popped up!Mrs Kemi Badenock MP is the new Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Children and Families. You can read about her…

What’s happened to the Children’s Minister?

Chris Mills / July 27, 2019 at 5:03 PM 143 views

Boris Johnson’s government reshuffle resulted in the person appointed children’s minister by Theresa May, Nadhim Zahawi, being moved to a new job at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. https://www.nurseryworld.co.uk/nursery-world/news/1168329/childrens-minister-nadhim-zahawi-moves-from-dfeAs yet there is no news of who will succeed…

The Crisis in Children’s Services in England

Chris Mills / November 8, 2018 at 4:39 PM 337 views

Hard on the heels of recent discussions concerning the working conditions of children’s social workers in Britain, comes more confirmation of the dire state of children’s services in the age of austerity.The Association of Directors of Children’s Services (ADCS) has…

Health Visitors

Chris Mills / October 23, 2018 at 11:00 AM 205 views

A report by the Office of the Children’s Commissioner into vulnerable babies in England has recently been published. https://www.childrenscommissioner.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/A-Crying-Shame.pdfIt pulls together some recent statistics in a helpful way but concludes that much of the data is missing and that only best…

No Blame Culture

Chris Mills / July 26, 2018 at 7:36 AM 225 views

Explaining why Bolton Children’s Services received a ‘good’ inspection report from Ofsted recently, assistant director Bernie Brown is reported in Community Care as saying that the council’s success was due to having social workers who “… are well supported, have regular supervision…

Up and up and up we go …

Chris Mills / November 8, 2017 at 3:29 PM 499 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 619 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 657 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 565 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 664 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 571 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 582 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 723 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 712 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 706 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.