Why Does The Care System Need To Change And How

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  • Right to an adequate standard of care Right to grow up in an atmosphere of happiness, love and understanding,
  • duty to provide sufficient and diverse provision of quality placements for children in care within their local area
  • Why Does The Care System Need To Change And How

    1. 1. <ul><li>Why does the care system need to change and how? </li></ul><ul><li>Janice Horslen </li></ul>
    2. 2. Overview <ul><li>Aims of the care system </li></ul><ul><li>Experiences of children in care </li></ul><ul><li>Funding </li></ul><ul><li>Quality and choice of placements </li></ul><ul><li>Workforce training and development </li></ul><ul><li>Public image </li></ul><ul><li>Conclusions </li></ul>
    3. 3. Why the care system needs to change <ul><li>Aims of the care system </li></ul><ul><li>Rights of the child; ECM outcomes </li></ul><ul><li>Reduce demand for adult welfare services </li></ul><ul><li>Societal impact of childhood abuse </li></ul>
    4. 4. Why the care system needs to change <ul><li>Experiences of children in care </li></ul><ul><li>60% children in care experience emotional and mental health problems </li></ul><ul><li>Nearly a third of children in custody were previously in care </li></ul><ul><li>15% children in care achieve 5 x A*-C GCSE </li></ul><ul><li>Difficulties often continue on leaving care </li></ul>
    5. 5. Why the care system needs to change <ul><li>Funding </li></ul><ul><li>Comprehensive policy framework but… </li></ul><ul><li>Funding designated for children in care inadequate </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of ring fencing </li></ul><ul><li>Postcode lottery of services </li></ul>
    6. 6. How the care system needs to change <ul><li>Funding </li></ul><ul><li>New duties , new funding </li></ul><ul><li>Prioritisation and ring- fencing </li></ul><ul><li>Annual budgets / life-course spending </li></ul>
    7. 7. Why the care system needs to change <ul><li>Quality and choice of placements </li></ul><ul><li>Importance of secure attachments ; a sense of permanency </li></ul><ul><li>Multiple placement changes common </li></ul><ul><li>Poor placement matching </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of support for kinship care   </li></ul>
    8. 8. How the care system needs to change <ul><li>Quality and choice of placements </li></ul><ul><li>Adherence to statutory duties </li></ul><ul><li>Increased funding </li></ul><ul><li>Improved training for carers </li></ul><ul><li>Improved pay and conditions for residential staff, foster and kinship carers </li></ul>
    9. 9. Why the care system needs to change <ul><li>Workforce training and development </li></ul><ul><li>Crisis of recruitment, retention and training </li></ul><ul><li>High caseloads ; low morale ; inadequate supervision </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of therapeutic , relationship-based work </li></ul><ul><li>Data management vs reflective practice </li></ul>
    10. 10. How the care system needs to change <ul><li>Workforce training and development </li></ul><ul><li>increase training in therapeutic practice </li></ul><ul><li>reflective practice; emotional intelligence </li></ul><ul><li>reform care planning tools </li></ul>
    11. 11. Why the care system needs to change <ul><li>Public image </li></ul><ul><li>Media portrayal of social work </li></ul><ul><li>Contributes to low recruitment, low morale, high turnover and high vacancy rates </li></ul><ul><li>Perceptions of children in care: saint or sinner? </li></ul>
    12. 12. How the care system needs to change <ul><li>Public image </li></ul><ul><li>Social work: positive media campaigns </li></ul><ul><li>Social work / journalists relations </li></ul><ul><li>Champion the child </li></ul>
    13. 13. <ul><li>Children enter care with poorer life chances than their peers </li></ul><ul><li>Care system intervenes effectively and enhances the life chances of many but many are failed </li></ul><ul><li>F or the care system to achieve its aims, it needs to change </li></ul><ul><li>Many reforms require additional funding </li></ul><ul><li>Fundamental change in public image of care required </li></ul><ul><li>Culture change </li></ul>Conclusions
    14. 14. <ul><li>Questions? </li></ul>

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