The Professionals?

In the News Round-Up this week: the latest in the debate on professionalisation in fostering; decriminalisation of children’s homes; council tax cuts for foster carers; Notts says no to more refugee children; school exclusions up. Opinion split over the benefits of fostering professionalisation A warning from the Association of Directors of Children’s Services (ADCS) that…

Unfit for purpose

In the News Round-up this week: Government stocktake told of poor commissioning and lack of respect for foster carers; Kent County Council praised over children in care work; High Court challenge over UK’s poor response to Dubs plan; Ofsted survey; Queen honours foster carers Lack of carer respect and poor commissioning dominate stocktake submissions Last…

This Year in Fostering

20 December 2016 Maybe it’s just me but it seems to have been a bumper year for stuff going on in the world of fostering so let’s take a look back at some of the highs and lows of 2016. The number of children in care tipped well over the 70,000 threshold and the ongoing shortfall…

Looking behind the data

8 November 2016: News Round-up IT WAS the National children and adult services conference last week and the Guardian’s Louise Tickle picked up on a joint study that highlighted the lack of data around the economic and social situation of families that come to the attention of social services. According to a recent National Audit…