Care and health integration
Two of the publications featured on our sister site CareKnowledge this week looked at the subject of integration. Here, CK editor Jim Kennedy reflects on where the integration agenda is going, North and South of the border, and on some of its less fully obvious – and possibly more problematic aspects – including its effect on children’s services.
Learning from Children’s Serious Case Reviews
Earlier this week, Carol Long from the NSPCC argued that critics of Serious Case Reviews are missing the point and that they are a valuable learning tool. In response, CareKnowledge editor Jim Kennedy asks if we understand enough about the real barriers to learning and practice development in safeguarding…
Child sexual exploitation – the necessary debate
This week, the Children’s Commissioner published her final report on her Inquiry into child sexual exploitation in gangs and groups. The report generated a good deal of media interest, but I thought the press focus missed a number of important issues that need much more extensive debate, says CareKnowledge editor Jim Kennedy
The internet, social networking and mobile phones
Hamzah Khan and Child Protection
This has been a week full of important developments in the children’s services world. Some have pointed the way forward, some have been ominous, and one has again thrown light on the tragic lives, and deaths, that some children lead and suffer. CareKnowledge editor Jim Kennedy gives his view on the key issues:
Latest children in need statistics for England
This week saw the publication of the latest figures on children in need and children subject to child protection plans in England. These are important statistics. They provide an indication of the way children’s services’ workload is developing, and raise key questions about what is going on, across the system.
Young people’s views on disclosing abuse
The implications of Ofsted’s annual report – and CQC’s changed approach to regulation
Two key documents that will profoundly affect the regulation of social services during the next few years were published this week – Ofsted’s first and highly critical annual report on the state of children’s social care, and the CQC’s plans for changes to the way it regulates and inspects adult social care services. CareKnowledge editor Jim Kennedy looks at both the Ofsted annual report and the way the main regulators’ approaches are diverging.