Judgement calls

16 March 2017: News Round-up THE CHILD protection system, in particular the use and impact of non-consensual adoption, came under the spotlight in a wild-ranging speech from Appeal Court Judge Andrew McFarlane to the Family Justice Council last week. Focussing on the balance between child protection and the right to family life the Judge put his…

Independent fostering on the up?

2 March 2017: News round-up THE TREATMENT of local authority fostering as the “Cinderella service” within children’s social care will pave the way for a continued expansion of independent fostering agencies, TACT chief executive Andy Elvin told MPs within the Education Select Committee. Speaking at the Committee’s second oral session held as part of its…

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…

The numbers game

SOMEWHAT belatedly we are catching up with the Government’s annual statistics on looked after children but before that I’d like share another stat that came my way via a library colleague. Earlier this year the Care Leavers Association polled care leavers and adolescent looked after children about their health and in the process found that 14.5% identified as…