Explore key issues identified by strategic planners, policy-makers and practitioners in a new series of think pieces to reimagine residential children’s homes.
Providing insights into current debates, research findings, practice developments and user experiences, these new ‘think piece’ publications aim to inform the development of the residential children’s care sector. They include:
Providing a broad overview of residential children’s homes and a picture of national trends, this think piece highlights current challenges facing the sector as a whole.
Reimagining residential children's homes - Commissioning children's homes: Potential improvements and reforms
This think piece sets out why the children’s homes marketplace (as it is commonly referred to) is unsustainable in its current form. Different explanations for this problem are presented along with various solutions and options for reform to promote debate in this area.
These insights will be of particular interest to strategic leaders, commissioners and decision-makers in children’s social care in looking at the national picture and in commissioning children’s homes.
Each of the five individual think pieces will be released over the next several months in order to closely respond to developing evidence. The final publication – Reimagining residential children’s homes: Evidence Review – will draw together all of the resources as one and is intended to be released in autumn 2020.
It is no surprise to me that in the first three weeks of coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown over 90% of children’s homes continued to provide care for the children and young people living in them. Taking responsibility, reacting quickly and decisively to keep children safe is in the very DNA of those homes. Children’s Services providers have rapidly adapted working patterns and introduced innovative practices to protect children, staff and their families.
All sorts of perspectives and priorities are changing rapidly since the pandemic was declared. But the vital role of the nation’s children’s homes and the care they provide for children has not changed at all, and we cannot doubt that they will be needed long beyond the current emergency.