Crisis? What crisis?

The report from the government’s stocktake of fostering in England has been published, leaving many disappointed. Foster carers were left reeling last week after a government-ordered report into the English fostering system found that carers’ pay was adequate and allegations procedures fit for purpose – while also recommending that moves to grant foster carers worker…

Practice imperfect

30 January 2018: In this week’s news round-up: Wirral’s children lament revolving door of social workers; prejudice and poor practice facing Romani and Irish traveller children; recruitment mismatch conundrum; higher education; adoption Children unhappy with social work changes Ofsted finds Many of the children being looked after by Wirral Council had two or three social…

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…

Glasgow rules

In the news round-up this week: Reaction to the Glasgow foster carers ruling; Spaces for teens lacking in half of local authorities; Pupils with trauma “have no choice” over behaviour leading to exclusion; child arrests continue to fall Sector responds to Glasgow ruling Reaction has been coming from all sides following last week’s employment tribunal…