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…

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…

Golden Hellos controversy rumbles on

9 August 2016 THE CONTROVERSY over ‘Golden Hellos’ offered by some agencies to entice foster carers to switch services hit the mainstream this week with a BBC report that included an interview with TACT CEO Andy Elvin. The practice was wrong the BBC reported because local authorities bear the cost of training and approving carers whose services they then…