Self-harm and suicide are complex issues which arouse difficult and distressing emotions both within people who hurt themselves and those who love and care for them. When children hurt or try to kill themselves, adults responsible for them often feel confused, powerless and overwhelmed.
A series of videos which document care leavers telling their stories about being in care, as well as the making of the care leavers stories project.
Guidance that has been published to assist local authorities and their community planning partners in the development and implementation of local ‘Housing Options Protocols for Care Leavers’. These protocols should detail the processes by which young people are supported through their transition out of care and provided with a range of appropriate and sustainable accommodation options.
Funded by the Department for Education, the National Children's Bureau (NCB) has developed a resource, available for free download, to support local authorities working to narrow the gap between the outcomes of looked after children and their peers.
Document that has been developed with the aim of informing policy and to fundamentally change the way things are done in Scotland in the area of youth transitions, from the top down and the bottom up.
Young people and their carers need help to achieve positive outcomes through greater personalisation, independence, choice and control of the transitions process.
The brieﬁng aims to give people who provide and use social care services an overview of research evidence by describing what it tells us about:
• how social workers make decisions about whether or not to return looked-after children to their birth parent/s
• effective approaches to deciding which children are likely to beneﬁt from return home, and to helping parents and children when they do
• predictors of stability and positive wellbeing following return home.
Evaluation of five social work practice (SWP) pilots started up in England between December 2009 and May 2010. These independent organisations were commissioned by local authorities to provide services for looked after children and care leavers.
The pilots were introduced to discover whether smaller social work-led organisations independent of local authorities could improve the morale and retention of social workers and bring decision making closer to front-line practice.
Guardian article which explains how a project in Scotland involved young people in planning and designing care leavers' services.
Concerns have been raised regarding the care and support received by children who go missing from care. In response to these concerns, the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Runaway and Missing Children and Adults and the APPG for Looked After Children and Care Leavers called a parliamentary Inquiry to examine these issues more closely.
Report that gives the views of young people who are about to leave boarding schools for adult life, of residential students in further education colleges, and of care leavers, about learning and preparing for life as independent adults. It compares the views of those moving into independent adulthood from these very different backgrounds.