Open doors

30 March 2017: News round-up FOSTERING PROVIDERS should focus on recruiting carers with the space to house sibling groups and give these carers additional support and training – including on sibling conflict resolution, the Rees Centre for research on fostering and education suggests. Local authorities have had a duty to place siblings together as far as…

Judgement calls

16 March 2017: News Round-up THE CHILD protection system, in particular the use and impact of non-consensual adoption, came under the spotlight in a wild-ranging speech from Appeal Court Judge Andrew McFarlane to the Family Justice Council last week. Focussing on the balance between child protection and the right to family life the Judge put his…

Virtual reality

9 March 2017 News Round-up SOCIAL WORKERS should use social media to try to contact a parent ahead of court proceedings, according to a judge who abandoned a final adoption order hearing after it emerged that the mother had not been informed it was taking place because the local authority had failed to track her…

Independent fostering on the up?

2 March 2017: News round-up THE TREATMENT of local authority fostering as the “Cinderella service” within children’s social care will pave the way for a continued expansion of independent fostering agencies, TACT chief executive Andy Elvin told MPs within the Education Select Committee. Speaking at the Committee’s second oral session held as part of its…