looked after children

Scoping review which attempts to map the literature on the adoption of children from public care, identify the extent of research based knowledge, discover the gaps in the evidence and make recommendations for future research.

This document is based on two resources: Working Together to Safeguard Children: a guide to inter-agency working to safeguard and promote the welfare of children; and the Framework for the Assessment of Children in Need and their Families. Working Together sets out how all agencies and professionals should work together to safeguard and promote children’s welfare and the Assessment Framework outlines a framework for use by all those who work with children and families determining whether a child is in need under the Children Act 1989 and deciding how best to provide help.

Social workers and a service user offer advice on a case involving a boy who is now in a secure unit after behaving violently at his residential children's home.

In this resource the opportunity is given to explore how children communicate through their behaviour and learn some techniques for managing challenging behaviour. Also explored is the importance of reflecting and learning from interventions.

For more story-based resources, see the Storybank.

Resource created for workers working with young people to help them make the most of contact with the media, local and national, when talking about their experiences in care.

Report of a study which followed up an investigation by the National Care Standards Commission in 2004 into the management of medication in care and children's homes in England which found homes were not performing well in this area.

The follow up study found some improvement but not enough to be wholly satisfactory.

Scottish Government evaluation of the Reading Rich programme, a partnership between National Children's Homes Scotland and the Scottish Book Trust which aimed to introduce a 'reading rich' environment for children and young people who are looked after in residential and foster care settings in Scotland so they could benefit from reading, books and literature. It ran from 2004 to 2007.

Webpage containing the documents relating to the UK bill for reform of the statutory framework for the care system.

Training pack comprising information, activity plans and resources for a two-day training course on promoting the health and well-being of looked after children. Included also is information about the Healthy Care Programme and the National Healthy Care Standard.

Information leaflet for parents, carers and family members on how out-of-school-hours learning activities promote learning, healthy lifestyles and fun.