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Children's Rights Directorate: Total (31)

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About adoption

A 2006 report based on the views of over 200 adopted children. The children reveal how to make the adoption process better; what they liked and did not like about adoption; and what they need to feel more supported.

  • 01 Apr 2007
  • Ref 20073001
  • Ofsted

About education

This 2007 report looks at the views of 77 children and young people about their education, with 75% of them rating their education as eight or more out of ten. The report shows that nearly three-quarters of children have changed schools since they first came into care, with over half finding their new school better because of new friends and teachers.

  • 01 Apr 2007
  • Ref 20073019
  • Ofsted

Adoption: messages from inspections of adoption agencies

A 2006 report into the performance of adoption agencies, based on the evidence found in CSCI inspections. The report reveals that there is better support for children and their adoptive families; that there are problems in recruiting skilled and experienced staff; and that there is concern about the use of agency workers that can effect the quality of service for children in adoption.

  • 01 Apr 2007
  • Ref 20074001
  • Ofsted

Being a boarder

Published in 2004, this is the first major study into life in boarding schools by the Children's Rights Director. Almost 2000 pupils and parents were asked for their views, summarised in this report, which reveals that that modern-day boarding schools are looking after children well.

  • 01 Apr 2007
  • Ref 20073002
  • Ofsted

Being a young carer

This 2006 report, based on a workshop organised by the Children's Rights Director, examines the pressures children and young people face while caring for a family member with a long-term illness or disability. Young carers highlighted the need for advice on giving medication; for schools to make allowances for conflicts between caring crises and coursework deadlines; and for social care assessments of young carers' support needs as well as those of the cared-for adult.

  • 01 Apr 2007
  • Ref 20073003
  • Ofsted

Being fostered

Foster children, carers and birth parents were asked their views on the foster care system in a nationwide survey, the results of which are published in this 2005 report.

  • 01 Apr 2007
  • Ref 20073004
  • Ofsted

Boarding school placements

This 2006 report airs the views of children and young people placed in boarding schools. They discuss what they enjoy about boarding school, such as being with friends, learning to live with people even if they did not like them, and receiving constant educational and personal support; as well as the disadvantages, such as missing their families, loss of privacy and missing their friends when they have to leave.

  • 01 Apr 2007
  • Ref 20073005
  • Ofsted

Children and safeguarding

This report from the Children's Rights Director for England reveals that children believe their family and friends will keep them safe. In the report, most children say they believe their friends and family would keep them safe, that tougher punishments for dangerous people would make children safer and that they would tell their families first if someone is abusing or harming them.

  • 01 Apr 2007
  • Ref 20073006
  • Ofsted

Children on rights and responsibilities

This 2006 report shows that children and young people in care clearly understand their rights and responsibilities, although these are not always recognised by adults and professionals. They say they want their rights to be recognised, to be treated as individuals, and to be listened to and given a say in decisions about their lives. The report also shows that they view their responsibilities as a way of helping each other.

  • 01 Apr 2007
  • Ref 20073007
  • Ofsted

Children's consultation on the Children's Index

This report explores the views of children about plans to store basic information on every child in England on a new system, the Children's Index. The scheme would also include details of professionals who work with individual children. In the report, children say that only people who work with them should have access to their records, that they do not want their privacy put at risk, and that some are unsure about the security of the system.

  • 01 Apr 2007
  • Ref 20073008
  • Ofsted