Waiting games

This week on the news round-up: Vulnerability of care leavers on benefits highlighted; Oxfordshire MPs lobby over school delays for children in care; 140,000 children falling off social care support radar; family court “protocol” ditched; East Midlands counts cost of refugee care Benefits system leaves care leavers more vulnerable report finds A report from the…

Shock endings

16 February 2017: News Round-up DEATHS AMONG care leavers aged 18 to 21 could be seven times higher than the general population of the same age, figures obtained by the BBC via a freedom of information request are suggesting. They show 90 people who left care in the UK between 2012 and 2016 died in the…

Looking behind the data

8 November 2016: News Round-up IT WAS the National children and adult services conference last week and the Guardian’s Louise Tickle picked up on a joint study that highlighted the lack of data around the economic and social situation of families that come to the attention of social services. According to a recent National Audit…

Caring for our children – and ourselves

LEICESTERSHIRE COUNTY Council has announced its intention to pull out of the government’s national transfer scheme which was designed to share the care of unaccompanied asylum seeking children throughout the country. Currently two thirds of these children are being cared for by local authorities in the south east – with one in five under the care of Kent County…