The Department for Education said it would set out new measures to improve support for vulnerable children and families in Britain, following the publication of a final report by the country’s latest review of children’s social care.
LexisNexis provides a very good summary of this development, an extract of which is added below:
“The Department for Education (DfE) has announced that it is setting out new measures to improve and fundamentally shift the lives of England’s most vulnerable children and families following the recommendations in Josh MacAlister’s independent review of children’s social care.
The measures include setting up a National Implementation Board, working with local authorities to strengthen efforts to recruit more foster carers, reframing and refocusing the support social workers receive in their early careers, joining up data from across the public sector, and developing a National Children’s Social Care Framework.
According to the DfE, seven areas of England will receive funding to set up family hubs and local authorities will receive funding for its schemes and continued delivery of the Social Workers in Schools and Designated Safeguarding Lead Supervision programmes.”
Some of the measures have concerned child welfare campaigners and social workers engaged in reforming the system, who believe the measures are likely to increase the forced removal of children through unnecessary government intervention. They say the proposals could lead to government bodies being given more powers to remove children at will, rather than offering appropriate support which would keep families together.
Other campaigners have criticised the review for failing to look carefully at SEND children and disabled families, and for largely ignoring key issues inside the sector.
The review’s final report can be accessed here.
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Hi took my son [edited] march 2018 so called fabricated illnesses. That’s never been the case and they had no evidence of this but I had reports from paediatricians camhs. Etc [edited] came back home to me 20th of February 2021.he refused to go bk to the foster carers. At this time [edited] was 17 years old.he was attending [edited] college. We live in [edited]. The foster carer put [edited] into [edited] college only because he had worked there.but all came to light when in a special needs secondary school.LCC didn’t return [edited] EHCP it was left out for 2 years when it should of been updated. And last year when [edited] attended [edited] college he hated it. No staff knew [edited] moderate learning disabilities. He was even getting lost in the college.they were discriminating him
Asked when was his EHCP updated latest one [edited].there we go again 2years no updated EHCP .till this day may2022 .Still not received it.i took [edited] out of [edited] college. They didn’t understand his special needs. So looked into [edited] special needs college. He got a place in there should of started after Easter.he never did local authority wouldn’t pay for a taxi to get him there and back home .another let down by LCC send team.the system as totally failed him.were hoping [edited] can start this new college in September 2022.but we will have to pay for [edited] transport. [edited] not allowed outside by himself due to his learning and health conditions.i have been onto [edited] college they received an EHCP from LCC sends team for year ending 2017.what goods that not updated and well not acceptable. Disgrace this is so a vulnerable student came out of foster care with no education. Nothing .so I emailed [edited] to get all this sorted out he’s the mp for [edited]. And [edited]. I have been promised that he will look into all of this with [edited] send team and social care.let down totally by the none existing system. The fight goes on and I won’t give in either.if I could go public I will do .
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