Standard deviation

Councils ‘wrong’ to insist carers pay for home to school transport Foster carers are wrongly being expected to cover the cost of transporting children to and from school from their fostering allowance, it has emerged following a recent ruling by the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman against Warwickshire County Council. The council’s policy places…

Status update?

After months of debate about the employment status of foster carers, the IWGB Foster Care Workers Union this week filed a case intended to demonstrate that foster carers should be classified as limb (b) workers with associated rights and protections.  The media coverage Monday morning saw a flurry of media activity around a case being…

Glasgow rules

In the news round-up this week: Reaction to the Glasgow foster carers ruling; Spaces for teens lacking in half of local authorities; Pupils with trauma “have no choice” over behaviour leading to exclusion; child arrests continue to fall Sector responds to Glasgow ruling Reaction has been coming from all sides following last week’s employment tribunal…

Status change?

In the News Round-up this week: Glasgow carers win “landmark” employment tribunal case; support mothers with past trauma; Tracy Beaker blamed for poor perceptions of care system; MPs quiz social workers over care thresholds; social care innovation projects; LGA guide on Children and Social Work Act Foster carers are “employees” rules employment tribunal judge An…

Neglected opportunities

In the weekly News Round-up: Neglect overlooked in child protection; Organisations clash over foster carer workers’ rights; Speech and language interventions urged for children entering care; Legal challenge over restraint of secure unit children; Judges “should” comment on quality of council public law cases Neglect overlooked in child protection interventions A major academic review into…