We are now on our fourth blog of our Care Review Case for Change series. In this blog we focus on our third recommendation to the Care Review: Data and Regulation. You can read all our recommendations to the Care Review here: Pause’s key messages and recommendations for The Care Review – Pause – Creating Space for Change
Sometimes topics like data and regulation can sound dry and secondary to any other policy change, but in reality, it is often data, regulation and the accountability that comes with them that drives changes in systems. Despite this, data on women who have experienced removals of children from their care is not routinely collected, which means that it is difficult to learn lessons and improve support for women.
In our previous blog post, we spoke about the importance of a multi-agency system that learns lessons from a child being removed and in turn puts in place a wide-ranging community response for the parent(s). Creating the service is one part of a powerful equation, but without regular accountability that comes with the collection and publication of data and regulation, lessons on how to prevent repeat removals of children into care will not be learnt.
We want to see data on parents who experience the removal of a child more than once published nationally each year, potentially through the SSDA903 process. In addition, the outcome of care leavers must form part of the Ofsted inspection framework for children’s services, in order to take into account the proportion of care leavers who then have children removed from their care.
Since 2013, Pause Practices across the UK have worked with 2,300 women who have had over 7,100 children removed from their care. We continue to share best practices and learnings happening at the local level across all our practices, which results in better outcomes, better resource allocation and room for new ideas.
By analysing data and sharing information, the care system could give every woman and her children a head start toward a positive outcome, while also preventing additional removals.
Learn more about how this approach creates a positive impact here: https://www.pause.org.uk/our-impact/
You can read our recommendations to the Care Review here: Pause’s key messages and recommendations for The Care Review – Pause – Creating Space for Change
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