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No good options?

Chris Mills / March 25, 2017 at 4:56 PM 57 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…

Corbyn on Mandatory Reporting of Child Abuse

Chris Mills / March 18, 2017 at 8:53 AM 50 views

I was sorry to hear what Britain’s Leader of the Opposition, Jeremy Corbyn, recently said about the need for mandatory reporting of child abuse, albeit focused on child protection in sport. http://www.itv.com/news/granada/update/2017-03-16/watch-jeremy-corbyn-supports-calls-for-mandatory-reporting-of-suspected-child-sexual-abuse-in-sport/I agree that anyone who suspects child abuse and…

Pay – how to dissatisfy child protection workers

Chris Mills / March 18, 2017 at 2:29 AM 32 views

Pay is what Herzberg called a ‘hygiene’ factor – a possible source of dissatisfactionbut not a motivator. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Two-factor_theoryWhatever investment bankers tell you, you don’t get high performance simply by paying people lots of money. More important are factors such as…

Stop blaming, start learning

Chris Mills / March 17, 2017 at 7:54 AM 171 views

You don’t need to go much further than a very interesting report in Community Careto see how the blame culture results in services which are less safe.http://www.communitycare.co.uk/2017/03/16/social-worker-falsely-logged-visits-due-fear-managers-criticism/A stressed and struggling social worker is reported to have falsified records in order…

Mandatory Reporting in New South Wales

Chris Mills / March 9, 2017 at 8:01 PM 103 views

I am currently in Australia. Reading the Sydney Morning Herald this week I noticed an interesting article about mandatory reporting of child abuse and neglect.It was reported that the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse had heard…

Ending the blame game

Chris Mills / March 6, 2017 at 6:30 PM 61 views

I liked the post on the Association of Directors of Children’s Services website by Ian Thomas, Strategic Director of Children and Young People’s Services at Rotherham Council.http://adcs.org.uk/blog/article/tackling-blame-cultureIan argues against the prevalent culture of blame in society and its ramifications for…

OK, so more needs saying …

Chris Mills / March 4, 2017 at 9:07 PM 104 views

I was so relieved that the Government has dropped the so-called ‘exemption clauses’ that perhaps I got carried away. There is more to be said as LouiseTickle demonstrates so well in the Guardian. The most important thing to say over…

Say no more ….

Chris Mills / March 2, 2017 at 7:44 PM 70 views

There’s no need for extended comment on the Government’s reported decision to drop the controversial exemption clauses. It’s simply very good news.

The Government’s proposals for children’s social worker accreditation – a good idea, but horribly flawed in the making

Chris Mills / March 2, 2017 at 12:37 AM 248 views

The Government is consulting on the proposed introduction of an accreditation system for children’s social workers.https://consult.education.gov.uk/social-work-reform-unit/naas-consultation/The plan is to introduce a national post qualification specialism in child and family social work comprising three levels of seniority: the child and family…

The unacceptable face of inspection?

Chris Mills / November 19, 2016 at 8:48 AM 159 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 165 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 163 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 162 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 141 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 127 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 274 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 202 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 184 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.