Residential Care in England: Report of Sir Martin Narey's Independent Review of Children's Residential Care.
Published: July 2016
This report presents the findings of a review of residential care services for children in England. The review included discussions with more than more than one hundred individuals, including children in care and care leavers, visits to 20 children’s homes, and information from a survey of children’s views conducted by the Office of the Children’s Commissioner. It begins by reporting that on March 31, 2015, 8,320 children were in residential care. Of these, 5,290 (64%) lived in children’s homes, 180 lived in secure units, 1100 lived in hostels (generally as part of the process of leaving care) and 670 lived in residential schools. Background information is then provided on children’s homes in England, as well as information on children’s homes today, the cost of care and staff pay, and outcomes of children living in children’s homes. Following sections discuss strategies for obtaining better value for money in the commissioning of residential care; fostering, closeness to home, the size of homes, and secure care; the criminalizing of children, staff confidence, setting boundaries for children, and the use of restraints; the role of the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills (Ofsted); staff qualifications, pay, and recruitment; extended foster care; and the use of European social pedagogy. A total of 34 recommendations are made that address each area and the need for system leadership is emphasized. 157 references.
England; child welfare reform; child welfare services; residential care institutions; foster children; child welfare workers; residential treatment; residential programs; orphanages; staff recruitment