Legal unease

Problem solving courts ‘future’ for children involved in justice system – Munby A fundamental re-balancing of the family court towards “what ought to be its true role as a problem-solving court” is “urgently required”, Sir James Munby, President of the family division told the audience at the annual Parmoor Lecture, hosted by the Howard League…

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 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…

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…