Performance and Innovation Unit
Recommendations for the reform of the adoption process include:
Community Care, no. 1334, 2000, p. 12
Argues that government, in spite of its eagerness to promote adoption, should ensure that no parents lose their children because of the effects of poverty or the absence of supportive services.
Young People Now, issue 137, 2000, p. 10-11
Explains how the creation of a Children's Commissioner could empower young people and give them the voice they are often denied.
Guardian, Aug. 3rd 2000, p. 11
The Professional Association of Nursery Nurses has warned that a government recruitment drive to attract 83, 000 childcare workers by 2002 could prove a magnet for paedophiles.
Times, Aug. 2nd 2000, p. 10
A new Children's Unit backed by a cross-departmental cabinet committee is to be created to promote policies for preventing under-achievement and poverty among children.
Community Care, no. 1334, 2000, p. 8-9
A survey of field social workers has shown that: 99% think that the child's welfare should be paramount in any new legislation; 91% think that the views of the child should have a significant influence on adoption proceedings; 89% think that co-habiting couples, including those of the same sex, should be allowed to adopt; 51% think that birth parents' consent should not be required before their child can be adopted; and 73% think that local authorities should continue to be responsible for adoption.
E. Levin, P. Kearney and G. Rosen
Community Care, no. 1333 2000, p. 24-25
Children whose parents misuse alcohol or drugs, or have mental health problems cannot be properly served without better inter-agency collaboration.
Y. Sun monu
Foster Care, no. 102, 2000, p. 17
Article explores the resurgent role of residential homes in the provision of modern children's services.
Department of Health
London: TSO, 2000 (Cm 4776)
Summarises government initiatives to safeguard children in local authority care and responds in detail to the 72 recommendations of the Waterhouse report.
London: 2000 (Securing the future; 4)
Paper shows that new and existing childcare services are struggling to survive, especially in disadvantaged urban and rural areas. There is evidence that funding streams are not delivering an even spread of services where they are most needed in spite of many sources of funds. As many as 45 distinct streams of money can be used for childcare. However these sources are so complex and diverse that key players are often unaware of all potential sources or unable to make the most of them.
R. Tapsfield and L. Jordan
Community Care, no. 1334, 2000, p. 20-21
Argues that new legislation is required that redefines adoption to ensure that links and connections between adopted children and their birth families are respected and maintained as far as possible.
Community Care, no. 1329, 2000, p. 10-11
Government has resisted calls to create a Children's Commissioner for England in the wake of the Waterhouse report on abuse in children's homes in North Wales.
Edinburgh: Scottish Alliance for Children's Rights, 2000
Sets out a model for a Commissioner for Children suited to the political, social and cultural circumstances of Scotland. The model is based on a coherent set of principles and outlines the powers, duties and functions needed to ensure the effective monitoring promotion and protection of the right's of children and young people in Scotland.