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Northamptonshire Children’s Services – in deep trouble

Chris Mills / November 13, 2018 at 6:06 PM 109 views

The BBC reports that the inspectorate, Ofsted, has condemned Northamptonshire’s children’s services as a "potential risk" and describes children’s social workers at the effectively bankrupt council as "overwhelmed" and "drowning". Services are said to have "significantly declined" since 2016.https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-northamptonshire-46194890You don’t…

The Crisis in Children’s Services in England

Chris Mills / November 8, 2018 at 4:39 PM 126 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…

Working Conditions

Chris Mills / November 5, 2018 at 4:11 PM 67 views

There is a lot of evidence that stressed employees do not deliver good products and services. A recent article in the Guardian makes the point that British people work longer hours than many of their counterparts in Europe and that…

Health Visitors

Chris Mills / October 23, 2018 at 11:00 AM 106 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…

Breaking Point

Chris Mills / October 23, 2018 at 7:55 AM 96 views

“There is compelling evidence that the services and support that children and young people rely on are at breaking point.” So say the heads of 120 voluntary and statutory organisations providing children’s health, education and social care services in a joint…

No Blame Culture

Chris Mills / July 26, 2018 at 7:36 AM 122 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 358 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 538 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 525 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 470 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 586 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 485 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 484 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 626 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 587 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 629 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 465 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 442 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 488 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…