The Reform Club

Spotlight on the Fostering Inquiry: Just before Christmas the Education Select Committee published its final report from its inquiry into fostering. We look at what the report said – and some of the responses. A national college and centralised register of foster carers, a national fostering recruitment and awareness campaign and the extension of the…

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…