This report sets out the learning from the first year of the Children’s Innovation Partnership (CIP) between Leicestershire County Council (LCC) and Barnardo’s. The aim is to inform subsequent phases of development and disseminate learning from innovation within the partner organisations and amongst wider stakeholders in the sector.
Undocumented children face a range of circumstances that impact on their emotional health and wellbeing. Children and their families are often living under the shadow of their immigration status, with a heightened risk of poverty, ill health and exploitation, and limited access to services.
This report presents findings from an Evaluation of Barnardo's Supported Lodgings provision. It describes how supported lodgings provide family-based support to young people who cannot live with their own families and who are not yet ready for independent living.
This report describes Five to Thrive, developed by Kate Cairns Associates, a flexible approach that offers learning for practitioners and parents. It is designed to enhance awareness of the central ingredients for healthy brain development in babies, with five key activities - Respond, Cuddle, Relax, Play, Talk - described as the 'building blocks for a healthy brain.'
This exploratory research study aimed to increase understanding of how to meet the needs of children and young people with learning disabilities who experience, or are at risk of, child sexual exploitation (CSE).
This summary sets out the findings from an evaluation of the Community Support for Offenders’ Families (CSOF) service1. CSOF was a time-limited service jointly funded by Barnardo’s and the National Offender Management Service (NOMS) Commissioning Strategies Group (CSG) using grant monies, which aimed to complement custody-based models of family support by developing capacity and capability in a community offender management context.
This report is based on in-depth qualitative research with twenty care leavers and finds that some local children's services are placing care leavers in unsuitable housing with 'unrealistic' expectations as to how well they can cope with living alone. Care leavers who go on to live independently straight from care struggle the most. Many do not receive adequate training and preparation for leaving care and living independently. Generally, they need a more holistic support package, as currently too much is expected of statutory services such as personal advisers. Finally, a lack of flexibility between local authority Children’s and Housing services can cause unrealistic expectations for care leavers and contribute to breakdown in their accommodation.
This report shows that, while pregnancy presents real challenges for very young mothers, it should not mean the end of education or abandonment of ambitions for the future. Teen mothers attract little public sympathy and are often written off. At an age when their peers are still in school or college, or taking their first steps into work, they risk being left behind - struggling to care for a baby on their own, dependent on benefits and constrained by a lack of child care. Learning from the experience of Barnardo's services and the young women they work with, the report shows how, with the right support, including suitable childcare and flexible courses, young mothers can succeed in education and improve their opportunities and the life chances of their babies.