The principles of Juno have been shaped by what we've heard from care-experienced young people, experienced first-hand, and read. Here are some articles and journals that give some context for the why the current system isn't working, what's working in other parts of the world, and the role of Social Pedagogy in Residential Care.
The current context of children's residential care
CMA interim report on availability and price of children's care (see also the press release)
Department for Education (Research Report) The place of residential care in the English child welfare system
UNICEF: The role of small-scale residential care for children in the transition from institutional to community-based care and in the continuum of care in the Europe and Central Asia Region
Profit making and Risk in Independent Children’s Social Care Placement Providers
Care Review Case for Change
Care Review Final Report
Social Care Institute for Excellence (Literature Review) Therapeutic approaches to social work in residential childcare settings
Children's Commissioner Report 2019: Social Pedagogy-informed Residential Child Care
Social Pedagogy and the Children’s Workforce
Social Pedagogy Professional Association: Introducing Social Pedagogy into Residential Child Care in England 2008 report
ThemPra: The Relevance of Social Pedagogy in Working with Young People in Residential Care 2011
Thomas Coram Research Unit: Pedagogy – a holistic, personal approach to work with children and young people, across services European models for practice, training, education and qualification 2009
Our Evaluation Partner
At Juno we’ve got a deep commitment to delivering impactful, purposeful support for children in our region. We’ve developed an Impact Framework that outlines how we plan to support meaningful change for children in our care and we want to ensure that these new approaches are really working for children, for the team that support them and for the community around us.
Therefore, it’s vital that we pay extremely close and purposeful attention to our operations in this first home. We’ll be asking many questions of ourselves and our team, such as:
How effective is our selection process and training for new team members?
Are staff feeling able to work in a more relationship-centred way?
How are young people experiencing life in our first home; do they feel safe, well supported, and loved? What’s working for them? What needs to change?
Are we meeting our goals with regards to high staff retention? What is really contributing to this?
Is our home environment conducive to relationship-centred care? Could we do more to engage our partners and the local community
Thanks to support from the National Lottery Community Fund, we’ll be working with an independent evaluation partner - the University of Central Lancashire - who can come alongside us and care-experienced people to strengthen our reflective practice and evaluate our first year.
The funding will allow us and UCLan to:
Analyse how effectively Social Pedagogy and other key features of the Juno model have been embedded in our first home, identifying key successes, learning and opportunities for improvement in the future.
Present an impartial view of the impact our care is having on young people living in our first home, using a methodology designed and led by children and young people.
As well as improving our own learning and practice, we will be sharing these insights with our funders, partners and other local providers and teams who might benefit from our journey.
Lottery funded insights...
To make sure we can evaluate our model well we need to have a longer-term focus on where we want to get to.
The 2-year Vision:
What will we do?
Create three homes in 2 LCR LA areas, providing brilliant care for 12+ young people.
Develop a more effective and attractive learning and development pathway for social care professionals.
Rapidly improve real-time outcomes for these young people and reduce out of county placements.
Share learning with local partners and positively influence practice in children’s social care.
What results will we see?
Improved wellbeing, sense of purpose and social connection for our children.
High retention in the Juno staff team who are engaged and empowered to deliver brilliant care.
Outstanding Ofsted ratings.
Our ethos and social pedagogical approach adopted by local partner organisations.
The 5-year Vision:
What will we do?
Create 10 homes across LCR LAs, providing brilliant care for 40+ young people.
Transform perspectives about the value and impact of residential care within LCR commissioners and social care teams.
Rapidly improve real-time outcomes for these young people and significantly reduce out of county placements.
Share learning with regional partners and positively influence practice in children’s social care, using a mentoring and toolkit approach.
Use surplus Juno funding to seed and develop projects and programmes that reduce the number of young people entering social care.
What results will we see?
All the above plus:
We’ll share our learning to support the creation of Social Pedagogy-based homes outside of the LCR