We are pleased to announce our next IRCT Best Practice Forum at the House of Lords on Friday 15thMarch 2019.
‘Combining quality with ‘what works’ – a cost-effective approach to children in public care’
Presented by guest speaker Colin Maginn, Pillars of Parenting.
Colin will discuss data from his press article explaining that it is the combination of quality, with evidence of improved outcomes for young people, which is beneficial not only to the young people but also local authorities and the whole of society, both in the short and long termthe short term and the long term.
Our AGM will follow the BPF. An event listing will be added to our Best Practice Forums page in due course.
There is no charge for the forum, but members will be given priority. Membership for individuals is £50 and for organisations is £100. Both types of membership give you priority access to all BPFs and a reduction for a regional forum. To become a member click here
Can it be right for the government to discriminate against arguably the most vulnerable and disadvantaged young people in our society living in residential care?
Did you know that Children in Care (CIC) living in residential care rather than foster homes have been discriminated against since the law was changed in April 2014 to give the right for those in foster care to be allowed and supported to remain in their foster home until the age of 21 instead of having to move on at the age of 18 years whilst those in residential care still face being discharged from care at 18?
Since 2014 a campaign group (ECLCM) has been lobbying government to support all children and young people in care until the age of 21 allowing all of them the opportunity of stability and ongoing support instead of creating a ‘two tier’ system in which children in foster care receive longer aftercare support than those in residential settings.
If you would like to know more or show your support for the campaign by signing the ECLCM petition go to www.eclcm.org
Dr Miriam Silver, Consultant Clinical Psychologist Author of Attachment in Commonsense and Doodles: A Practical Guide
BERRI. Improving Outcomes for Complex Children
Dr Silver has 20 years of experience working with Looked After Children both in terms of assessing needs and working with professionals trying to help children recover from early trauma. Many children in the care system suffer from complex trauma or chronic developmental trauma having experienced multiple and / or prolonged developmentally adverse traumatic events, most often of an interpersonal nature, such as sexual or physical abuse, war, domestic violence etc. Outcomes for these severely damaged have historically been very poor.
Dr Silver has been researching and developing a means for screening children in care to assess their specific needs, enable those caring for them to develop strategies targeted to address identified needs and to monitor the children’s progress. She argues that her approach is not only successful in terms of helping children recover from early adverse experiences but is cost effective and allows service managers to demonstrate progress.
The BERRI explores five domains that influence placement and the services needed for any specific child: Behaviour; Emotional wellbeing; Risk (to self and others); Relationships; Indicators (of psychiatric or neurodevelopmental conditions). It is a simple questionnaire that can be used multiple times to monitor change and there is an automated on-line scoring and reporting system. It allows for the ability to track change over time and zoom in on specific issues.