Practice imperfect

30 January 2018: In this week’s news round-up: Wirral’s children lament revolving door of social workers; prejudice and poor practice facing Romani and Irish traveller children; recruitment mismatch conundrum; higher education; adoption Children unhappy with social work changes Ofsted finds Many of the children being looked after by Wirral Council had two or three social…

New year, new minister

16 January 2018: Welcome to this week’s weekly briefing which amongst other things includes a new minister, a new data protection breach, and a new comedy show…. New minister for looked after children and fostering Stratford-on-Avon MP Nadhim Zahawi has been named parliamentary under-secretary of state at the Department for Education – with responsibility for…

New Year resolutions?

This Week in Fostering 9 January Last week we featured a full report on the Education Select Committee’s report from its inquiry into fostering. This week we round up some of the other issues that came up in fostering over the last few weeks including commissioning, boarding schools and free child care. IFAs point to poor…

The Reform Club

Spotlight on the Fostering Inquiry: Just before Christmas the Education Select Committee published its final report from its inquiry into fostering. We look at what the report said – and some of the responses. A national college and centralised register of foster carers, a national fostering recruitment and awareness campaign and the extension of the…