Mobile data

In this week’s news round-up: Scottish fostering stats show shortage of carers for siblings; Robin Allen QC on foster carer worker status; toxicology scandal threatens care orders; new historical abuse case launched; and finally – private education, the care system and social mobility. Scottish fostering stats show net increase in fostering households – but trouble placing…

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…

Status update?

After months of debate about the employment status of foster carers, the IWGB Foster Care Workers Union this week filed a case intended to demonstrate that foster carers should be classified as limb (b) workers with associated rights and protections.  The media coverage Monday morning saw a flurry of media activity around a case being…

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…