Review, review, review

This Week in Fostering feature: Fostering stocktake gets underway This week we look at the context and plan for the fostering stocktake – time to submit your views. We will be back next week with our general news round-up. Ten months after recommending a “fundamental review of foster care” in his report into residential children’s…

Game changer

In the (rather long) round-up this week: Final fostering inquiry session ahead of election; Children’s Commissioner publishes first Children in Care stability index; Association of Directors of Children’s Services president lambasted over fostering comments; independent reviewing officers role clarified; Resilience film screening; Adoption orders down Election pushes fostering inquiry report back to autumn The sudden…

Unchanged melody

In the news round-up this week: fostering professionalisation agenda rejected by new head of ADCS, 2016-17’s care application figures show massive hike, measuring educational achievement of children in care, care-leavers housing project funded, new Coram guide for migrant children, Match fostering pilot evaluation and Welcome to Fostering book launch New ADCS head rejects foster carer…

Family Court report: could do better

Spotlight on family court reporting Guidance issued three years ago was intended to make the family court system and its judgements more transparent. But, for most of the population, what happens in the family courtroom appears still to be ‘justice in secret’, carried out behind closed doors. This Week in Fostering takes a closer look…

Care costs

In the News Round-up this week: Foster carers challenge employment status, children in care statistics, government report on placement options, youth remand cost hikes, council tax exemptions for care leavers, reporting in the family courts and the Bradford foster carers’ dispute latest. Foster couple challenge employment status in whistleblowing case The Independent Workers’ Union of Great…