Carer counting

In the news round up this week: The Welsh Assembly wrestles with an absence of new foster carers; a spate of new data; delays in admitting children into new schools; and Barnet’s new charity for children in care Cardiff’s carer crisis There is no-one left in the Cardiff area willing or able to be recruited as…

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…

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…