In the News: “Is this the time people are actually going to listen?” #BeTheDifference

We paid tribute to the memory of our Yusuf Paul McCormack 1963 – 2021. Rest in Peace. Your legacy lives on.

Yusuf embodied the kindness, compassion and capacity for love that most of us can only aspire to. He believed that we should all not only make a difference, but should “Be the Difference”.

We are not only the ‘negative’ statistics that fuel media & societies beliefs, that my friend is the result of system failures! We are the majority who have successfully turned the expected statistics on their head, shook them and got on with life, yet rarely get spoken about or heard.

Yusuf Paul McCormack 1963 – 2021

Most care experienced people say they should have representation on leadership of care review

Care experienced people want representation on the leadership of the review of children’s social care in England, a survey of them has found.

The survey, carried out before Frontline chief executive Josh MacAlister’s appointment to lead the review last week, also found concerns that the views of people with direct experience of the system would be “overlooked or marginalised”, or that engagement would turn out to be “tokenistic”.

Concerns were also raised about the potential scope and ambition of the review and whether this might be limited by financial or political constraints. Further worries were that the review “would not be transformational and the recommendations would be ignored.”

By Alice Blackwell on January 22, 2021 in Commmunity Care

Read full piece at source: HERE

In the ADCS Member Newsletter, 29th January 2021: Is this the time people are going to listen?

Last week, the Our Care Our Say group published their report Is this the time people are going to listen? The report sets out the first-hand views of a wide range of care experience people of all ages (those in care, those leaving care and those who have been in care), to inform how the Care Review should be carried out and what it should address.

Care experts outline ambitions

The Our Care, Our Say group has published a report, Is This the Time People Are Actually Going to Listen?, setting out findings from a consultation of what changes to the care system care-experienced people of all ages want to see.

Many of those consulted for the report want to see care-experienced people central to leadership and decision making in the review team (see below). However, there are fears that people with direct experience of the system will be overlooked or marginalised, and the process not transparent.

Other concerns revolve around the scope and ambitions of the review, with worries that this could be limited by financial and political factors, not as transformational as promised or the recommendations simply ignored.

“There was a feeling that there was a history of recommendations for improvement already being ignored,”states the report.

Derren Hayes on Tuesday, January 26, 2021 in Children & Young People Now

Read full piece at source: Care experts outline ambitions

Selina Anderson, of the Our Care Our Say group talks to Children & Young People Now

I am excited that this review could change the system and outcomes for children in care for the better.

The Our Care, Our Say survey heard powerful messages about the impact of care being lifelong and learning from adults who have been in care. Changes of foster home, social worker, school and poor access to mental health and leaving care disparities are a problem.

It is clear the care-experienced community is ready for change and that every single one needs to be consulted as part of this review.

Care-experienced people want the Care Review to shape a system that better meets children’s needs.

Selina Anderson on January 26, 2021 in Children & Young People Now

Read full piece at source: Care experts outline ambitions

Standing on the shoulders of everyone: developing an evidence-informed Care Review

Susannah Bowyer of Research in Practice, discusses vital role of experts by experience in the social care review. “However, to ensure diverse and inclusive representation, every effort must be made to create multiple mechanisms for influencing and informing […] Some, such as Care Experienced Conference and Our Care Our Say have done essential groundwork for this Review .

By Susannah Bowyer on January 28. 2-21 in Research in Practice

Read full piece at source: Standing on the shoulders of everyone: developing an evidence-informed Care Review

Will England’s children’s social work review live up to its bold ambitions?

At the Care Experienced Conference held in 2019 at Liverpool Hope University 140 people with experience of care came up with ten key messages.

Number one was a desire to see “more love in the care system, including displays of positive physical affection”. Number two was to be seen as individuals “worthy of respect much more than we are”.,

The number three priority on the list was relationships – a strong desire for continuity in relationships with friends, relatives, professionals and carers. Stability and continuity, help with mental health, lifelong support, a sense of self, having a say, being aware of rights and entitlements and being listened to were the other priorities.

Similar findings came from the Our care our say survey of 163 experienced people backed by 76 more in-depth discussions carried out at the end of last year to inform the review.

– BASW Professional Social Work magazine, 4 February 2021

Read full piece at source: Will England’s children’s social work review live up to its bold ambitions?

Blog: ‘Putting care experienced people at the heart of the Independent Review of Children’s Social Care’

The care experienced community is rich and diverse, and cuts across every intersection of society ranging from race to gender, LGBT+ to neurodiversity, to name but a few. My voice is just one of many.

I strongly recommend readers to refer to ‘Our Care Our Say’, a report written by other care experienced people setting out advice for those leading the review.

BASW England Professional Officer Rebekah Pierre, 10 February 2021

Read full piece at source: Blog: ‘Putting care experienced people at the heart of the Independent Review of Children’s Social Care’

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