Funding formula?

In the news round-up this week: Philanthropists invited to fund children in care programmes; University bursaries ease living costs; Working out what makes a children’s service good; ADCS president “honours” foster carers; GCSE success for Welsh children in care Funding the right programmes to support children in care Philanthropic company NPC has published a guide to help potential…

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…

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…

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…