©  Anderida Adolescent Care 2019.

OUR INVOLVEMENT IN THE PARLIAMENTARY REVIEW

‘The purpose of The Parliamentary Review is to give people a chance to explain not just what makes them tick, but how they can tick in the light of the political and economic environment’

The Rt Hon David Curry

‘The Parliamentary Review is a really important innovation in Westminster and Whitehall that gives you the opportunity to say that you want about your school, your college, your business, your enterprise and makes sure it is spread across the nation’

The Rt Hon Nick Clegg

‘The parliamentary Review is a publication which aims to raise standards by showcasing best practice to the UK’s leading policymakers and executives.’

‘The organisations featured in each publication have been selected to show excellence in their field, and will act as example to their peers’.

Kerry Shoesmith and Erica Castle took part in an interview with journalists to talk about what the organisation does, it’s ethos, covering a wide range of areas relating to residential childcare such as:

  • New initiatives such as Non-Violent Resistance (NVR) and it’s effectiveness within the organisation.

  • Challenging Ofsted’s approach to inspections and some regulations (sit ins, managers registration, ethical practice, risk adverse).

INDUSTRY CHALLENGES:

  • Overwhelmed with increase in referrals, government approaches means the number of residential childcare providers has decreased.

  • Feeling worried due to critical culture and Ofsted’s approach to inspecting.

  • The are no homes for the most vulnerable and risky children, and no secure beds left in the country.

  • Looked after children not having the same rights as other children, not having regular access to their family even those who have not been posed as harmful, an arbitrary decision around seeing parents when there is no obvious risk.

  • Unregulated and unregistered children’s homes in a by-product, this means that the most vulnerable are not properly cared for and this also damages the reputation of Registered homes and they are tarred with the same brush.

  • CAMHS and Police are under resourced.

LEGISLATIVE CHALLENGES:

  • Some regulations have been imported from adult care which is seriously impacting on children’s home managers, meaning that many are not prepared to take the risk as they will be struck off from all children’s workforce roles including fostering.

  • Ofsted’s approach to interviews is inconsistent and there is limited independence in following through with complaint processes.

FUTURE

  • Anderida will continue to spread the benefits and strengths of Non-Violent Resistance and be pivotal in helping children return to their family homes.