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…

Family Court report: could do better

Spotlight on family court reporting Guidance issued three years ago was intended to make the family court system and its judgements more transparent. But, for most of the population, what happens in the family courtroom appears still to be ‘justice in secret’, carried out behind closed doors. This Week in Fostering takes a closer look…

Judgement calls

16 March 2017: News Round-up THE CHILD protection system, in particular the use and impact of non-consensual adoption, came under the spotlight in a wild-ranging speech from Appeal Court Judge Andrew¬†McFarlane to the Family Justice Council last week. Focussing on the balance between child protection and the right to family life the Judge put his…

Virtual reality

9 March 2017 News Round-up SOCIAL WORKERS should use social media to try to contact a parent ahead of court proceedings, according to a judge who abandoned a final adoption order hearing after it emerged that the mother had not been informed it was taking place because the local authority had failed to track her…

Foster care for sale?

23 February 2017: News round-up FOSTER CARERS registered with Acorn Care and Education Group in parts of Wales, Norfolk and Luton could find themselves transferred to a new fostering employer to enable a merger between the National Fostering Agency and Acorn to go ahead. The move comes after the Competition and Markets Authority launched an…