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…

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…

Shock endings

16 February 2017: News Round-up DEATHS AMONG care leavers aged 18 to 21 could be seven times higher than the general population of the same age, figures obtained by the BBC via a freedom of information request are suggesting. They show 90 people who left care in the UK between 2012 and 2016 died in the…