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Puzzling stats and scary stats

Chris Mills / February 18, 2017 at 11:47 PM 105 views

The Department for Education’s “experimental” statistics, Children and family social work workforce in England, yearending 30 September 2016 (SFR 08/2017, 16 February 2017) raised more questions than they answered.What should have been an invaluable nugget of information about caseloads proved to…

Exemption – is the writing on the wall?

Chris Mills / February 12, 2017 at 4:16 AM 78 views

It is good to see that Eileen Munro has now come out against the government’s proposals to promote innovation in children’s services by giving ministers powers to exempt councils from some statutory duties.http://www.article39.org.uk/news/2017/02/10/professor-eileen-munro-says-exemption-clauses-are-“a-serious-danger”/Outside the inner circles of government there seems…

Child on child sex offending – the dangers of a moral panic

Chris Mills / February 5, 2017 at 11:51 AM 73 views

Figures obtained under the Freedom of Information Act from police forces in England by Barnardo’s show some large percentage rises in allegations of child sexual abuse committed by children.The BBC’s headline proclaims: “Child on child sex offences 'may be next…

The Wisdom of Solomon

Chris Mills / February 1, 2017 at 8:30 AM 72 views

People who blithely criticise the work of the Family Courts, both in Britain and elsewhere, such as Christopher Booker, should carefully read the case reported in yesterday’s Guardian and elsewhere concerning a transgender woman who has been denied contact with…

The unacceptable face of inspection?

Chris Mills / November 19, 2016 at 8:48 AM 128 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 137 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 127 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 126 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 109 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 97 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 240 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 166 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 153 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 142 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 147 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 199 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 202 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…

Sharon Shoesmith on ‘wilful neglect’

Chris Mills / August 26, 2016 at 8:10 AM 150 views

Despair was first my reaction to reading the thoughts of Sharon Shoesmith (the ex-director of Haringey children’s services who was sacked in 2008 following the death of Baby Peter Connolly) on government proposals on introducing mandatory reporting or a duty…