Fostering facts

If you were busy Maundy Thursday you might have missed the publication of Ofsted’s latest annual statistics on fostering in England, covering the year 2016-17. There are some figures being reported for the first time and we have picked out and discussed some of the “highlights”. The latest headline fostering figure (you may not be…

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…