Funding formula?

In the news round-up this week: Philanthropists invited to fund children in care programmes; University bursaries ease living costs; Working out what makes a children’s service good; ADCS president “honours” foster carers; GCSE success for Welsh children in care Funding the right programmes to support children in care Philanthropic company NPC has published a guide to help potential…

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…

Ofsted, the EU and internet safety

28 June 2016 It has been a week of facts and figures and we are looking at some in depth so hold on to your seats and keep going to the end where you will find a link to some useful E-safety resources. TWO LOCAL authorities – Westminster and Kensington & Chelsea have been judged as outstanding under an Ofsted inspection framework covering…

Parenting, pupil premium and well-being

21 June 2016 PARENTING “CAN no longer be a no-go area for public policy”, according to a new government-published report into socio-economic influences on children’s life chances.  While parental involvement in many areas such as bed-time stories, developmental playtime and support with school work had increased, the report revealed wide differences between children from socio-economic groups in…

Advocates, babies and asylum seekers

7 June 2016 MORE THAN half of children in care don’t know they are entitled to an advocate to provide them with an independent voice and support, according to a new report from the Children’s Commissioner.  While 90% of local authorities provide advocacy, the budget varied widely between £668 and just £2 a head, the report said.…