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…

Expansion and contraction

In This Week in Fostering’s news round-up – buyers identified for Acorn foster carers; Carers for teenagers urged in Fostering Fortnight; Safeguarding boards not to quiz judges in serious case reviews; Lemn Sissay reveals care history to theatre audience; LGA calls for budget safeguards ahead of General Election; Foster care professionalisation blog Sale of carers…

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…