This Introduction to... briefing gives a brief overview of Children’s Social Care (CSC) and the relevant legislation and policy framework. It is aimed at people who have little or no experience in this area.
Looked after children resources and services
The care leavers in this film talk about how they came into care and their journey through the care system
Care leavers reflect on their experiences of care in this short film
How the care leavers' films were made; the contribution of interviewers and interviewees
This is a study of local authority decision-making in respect to long-term decision making and early intervention services. The study seeks to gain a better understanding of the factors that facilitate and hinder delivery of improved outcomes for children and families over the longer-term. This report synthesises the data gathered from: a literature review; 30 telephone interviews with senior officers and members in local authorities in England; and feedback from 49 subject matter experts attending five regional events.
The briefing aims to give people who provide and use social care services an overview of research evidence about returning children from public care to live with a parent.
A website providing looked after children and young people with information and advice about the care and support they can receive and the choices they have. The site also offers useful suggestions and advice to those looked-after young people who are preparing to live on their own. Sections of the site cover: Making changes; Keeping in touch, which covers friends, families and former carers; Health, including physical and emotional health; Choices; Education; and Living by yourself. Each sections includes the views of young people have been in care and links to additional information and resources. The resource has been developed with the help of looked after children. The website was produced by the Social Care Institute for Excellence, with the support of Voice, The Who Cares? Trust and the Fostering Network.
The challenges faced by one young person in care, the positive experiences that changed his life, and his drive to improve the system for others.
The film looks at services which support young people who have been in care and are moving to independence.
This film shows how some of the principles of the SCIE NICE guidance are working in practice. These principles include listening to young people and supervising foster carers.