In today's episode Penny Earney, Director of the Association of Child Protection Professionals introduces our Special Interest Group (SIG) focusing on Children and Young People in Care and Care Experienced. Wendy is joined by the SIG Chair Penny Earney, former Designated Nurse for Looked After Children and Care Leavers andl the Chair of the AoCPP’s Children and Young People in Care and Care Experienced SIG, is joined by Rebekah Pierre to discuss her lived experience of unregulated placements and what needs to change.
Rebekah Pierre is a care-experienced social worker and author, who currently works for the British Association of Social Workers. She has written extensively about the care system, featuring in The Guardian, The Independent, Radio 4 & others. Rebekah's lived experience is central to her campaign work; her peer-reviewed journal, 'Revisiting Diary Entries from Care: An Exposition of the Challenges of Unregulated Placement Settings', examines her childhood diary extracts from an autoethnographic perspective, linking lived experience to wider policy failures. She represented the #KeepCaringto18 campaign at Downing Street earlier this year and is passionate about equality of care for all children. Follow Rebekah at @RebekahPierre92 on Twitter.
Penny Earney has experience of working with families and vulnerable children, both clinically and strategically within health, over the last 40 years building a wealth of expertise, competencies, knowledge and skills.
Her experience of working strategically as a NHS Designated Nurse, has developed a passion and focus to be able to scrutinise quality assurance within the constant challenging and changing landscape of complex vulnerability for children and families. Her drive to actively seek the voice of children within the care system and care experience young people, hear what they were saying and asking, resulted in a successful business case being awarded 7K to commission health provision required to improve and sustain health outcomes and experiences of looked after children and care leavers within Dorset.
Having retired from her substantive NHS role in December 2020, she is now working as an independent specialist health practitioner, continuing her passion for improving and sustaining effective service delivery to support vulnerable children and families.
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