Revisiting Diary Entries from Care

An Exposition of the Challenges of Unregulated Placement Settings
Abstract

“In September 2020, the Children’s Commissioner for England published a report entitled ‘Unregulated: Children in care living in semi-independent accommodation’, which concluded that some of the country’s most vulnerable looked after children were living in accommodation unfit for human habitation. This observation encapsulates my experience of residing in such a placement between 2009 and 2011. In this article, I refer to diary entries I made during this period, which are photographed and categorised into three areas — challenges I encountered at a micro, meso, and macro level. Following each section, I provide reflection, contextual information, and propose what may have ameliorated these issues. The photographed diary extracts are personal; they were never intended to be published. However, given that the future of England’s care system hangs in the balance in the context of the Independent Care Review, they are offered as insights into the impact of unregulated placements on the physical and mental wellbeing of children. The article proposes that such settings are unsuitable for children and young people who have not yet reached adulthood and should be abandoned in favour of nurturing homes which enable them not just to barely survive, but truly thrive.”

The full article is available online and can be downloaded as a PDF

Full article: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/09503153.2021.1979503

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