Another person’s shoes

Consulting young people in care – Westminster style In an unusual move this week three care experienced young people were invited onto the education select committee, which was grilling the current children’s minister Robert Goodwill in its final session of the fostering inquiry. Connor Richardson, Rachel Musekiwa and care leaver and director of Foster Focus…

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…

Unreliable data?

In the News Round-up this week: Education select committee captures ‘key issues in fostering’; fostering recruitment targeting wrong people; unions call for single register in stocktake submissions; Bradford fostering service faces further condemnation; Researchers split over care proceedings data; Children’s Commissioner report cautioned over negative terminology MPs briefed over the ‘key issues in fostering’ Simon…

Polling drama

In the News Round-up this week: General Election result casts fostering policy upheaval into doubt; Final hurdle cleared for NFA takeover of Acorn; Foster Carers support trauma systems therapy project Election result casts uncertainty over fostering policy upheaval Last week’s general election result has thrown political debate around fostering into turmoil after two key figures…