The Professionals?

In the News Round-Up this week: the latest in the debate on professionalisation in fostering; decriminalisation of children’s homes; council tax cuts for foster carers; Notts says no to more refugee children; school exclusions up. Opinion split over the benefits of fostering professionalisation A warning from the Association of Directors of Children’s Services (ADCS) that…

This Year in Fostering

20 December 2016 Maybe it’s just me but it seems to have been a bumper year for stuff going on in the world of fostering so let’s take a look back at some of the highs and lows of 2016. The number of children in care tipped well over the 70,000 threshold and the ongoing shortfall…

Tough questions and a bigger picture

1 November 2016 LINK MAKER, the UK’s key online adoption matching service, has today launched a national platform for fostering services to search vacancies among foster carers and residential homes and commission their services to provide a suitable match for children in their care. The service is being offered free of charge to all fostering…

Allegations, health and residential care

12 July 2016 BETTER SUPPORT is needed for foster carers facing allegations regarding children in their care, while fostering services should provide a higher quality of training around the causes and impacts of allegations.  These were two of the conclusions from the Rees Centre for Research in Fostering and Education outlined in a report on the impacts…

Aspirations, staying close, stress and nursery rhymes

5 July 2016: News round-up THE GOVERNMENT is to develop a ‘staying close’ policy for children in residential care which will enable them to live near, maintain ties and receive support from their former residential home until they are 21, children’s minister Edward Timpson announced this week. The move coincides with the release of a…