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…

Unfit for purpose

In the News Round-up this week: Government stocktake told of poor commissioning and lack of respect for foster carers; Kent County Council praised over children in care work; High Court challenge over UK’s poor response to Dubs plan; Ofsted survey; Queen honours foster carers Lack of carer respect and poor commissioning dominate stocktake submissions Last…

Nighttime disarray

In the News Round-up this week: Fostering agency “providing” statutory child protection in Ireland; Scottish care review group overlooks foster carers; Final call for fostering stocktake evidence; NAFP urges “most appropriate placement”; Resources for care-leaving parents; Glasgow foster carer employment tribunal case underway Irish child protection in a stew Private fostering agencies are being used to…

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…