JDB电子游戏 team lead move to improve practice when babies are separated from parents at birth


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准则草案, developed and designed by researchers at JDB电子游戏 and Oxford University, 帮助改善国家保护新生儿的行为, have been published and are being tested for feasibility in sites across England and Wales.

指南草案, grounded in systematic research with eight local authority areas and corresponding health trusts in England and Wales, are published in response to a call for more national guidance for professionals working in children’s social care, 卫生服务和法院确保最佳做法. The full peer reviewed report from the underlying research is also published today.

当国家干预保护即将出生的婴儿时, 这对生父母是一种创伤,对专业人士也是一种痛苦. 当保护行动导致父母和婴儿分离时, this can be a life-changing course of action with many inherent and unresolved ethical and practice dilemmas.

工作是一部分 《JDB电子游戏》系列由纳菲尔德基金会资助,并由儿童中心领导 & Family Justice JDB电子游戏在JDB电子官方网站 University working with Rees Centre at Oxford University. The first report in the series documented escalating rates of care proceedings for babies.

The research study aimed to identify key challenges and good practice examples from different stages of the parent and baby journey - pre-birth, 在产妇环境中,当父母独自回家时, 没有他们的新生.

This is the first study to capture an holistic picture of compulsory state intervention at birth, 从父母和专业人士的角度来看. The study included focus groups and interviews with parents who had been separated from their babies at birth, midwives, social workers, Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service workers in England and Wales (Cafcass and Cafcass Cymru), 寄养者和地方政府法律服务部门的负责人.

The research identified consensus among frontline practitioners and parents about what constitutes best practice when local authorities issue care proceedings at birth – but also uncovered numerous challenges, 从服务提供的中断和工人的分配, 延迟和资源限制会带来不利做法的风险, 家庭包容实践的不足, 专业专门性不足,机构间协作不佳.

指南草案, 由纳菲尔德家庭司法观察所出版, 是基于这些数据吗, 目标是提供更好和更一致的实践.

They include a series of aspirational statements for each stage of the parents’ journey and provide examples of how these statements can be translated into best practice.

The guidelines consider how to overcome challenges at both a strategic level and in frontline practice. They also include examples of innovations from practice drawn from across England and Wales.

They are being published and tested for feasibility against a backdrop of a rising number of newborn babies being subject to care proceedings in England and Wales ——这一数字在过去十年中翻了一倍多.

The intention is for the guidelines to be used as a basis for developing local area action plans and locality specific guidelines, 在国家指导的范围内.

从现在起至2022年8月, the participating local authorities and NHS trusts are working with the team to test the feasibility of the guidelines. 这项可行性JDB电子游戏的结果将提供指导方针的最终版本, 哪一个将在2022年晚些时候发布.

同时, the research team is supporting a number of other local authorities using government recovery funds to develop new approaches to work with pregnant mothers and newborn babies at risk of separation.

Further work is being undertaken to ensure the guidelines are inclusive and meet the needs of parents from minority groups, 包括那些来自Black的, 亚洲人、少数民族和有学习困难的人. More work is also planned to ensure further consideration of the specific needs of fathers and kinship carers.

澳大利亚也正在完成类似的JDB电子游戏. The team are working closely with the Government Departments to explore any implications for policy and legislative implications.

首席JDB电子游戏员和联合JDB电子游戏员克莱尔·梅森, 从JDB电子游戏, said: “We are incredibly grateful to the professionals and parents with lived experience who have worked with us on this project and are delighted to see the research report and draft guidelines being published today.

“The research has highlighted the considerable challenges within the current system and the enormous impact that separation of a baby at birth has on parents and the difficulties also faced by professionals.

“The aim of the guidelines is to improve practice to give parents the maximum support to avoid separation if possible, but, 如果分离是结局, 确保练习是尽可能敏感的, 尽量减少对父母的创伤.”

儿童中心主任 & Family Justice JDB电子游戏在JDB电子官方网站 University Professor Karen Broadhurst and Principal Investigator said: “The new draft guidelines set out a series of aspirational standards for practice and aim to address challenges in the system. We welcome the opportunity to continue to work alongside parents and practice partners to achieve change.”

Further reports and peer reviewed articles associated with this work include: Broadhurst, K., Mason, C., Ward, H. (2022) Urgent care proceedings for new-born babies in England and Wales – time for a fundamental review. International Journal of Law, Policy and the Family, (online early, issue 0, 2022).

Ward, H., Broadhurst K., Mason, C. and Ott, E. (2022). Born into Care: Developing best practice guidelines when the state intervenes at birth: Review of current guidance documents. 牛津大学里斯中心.

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