Legal unease

Problem solving courts ‘future’ for children involved in justice system – Munby A fundamental re-balancing of the family court towards “what ought to be its true role as a problem-solving court” is “urgently required”, Sir James Munby, President of the family division told the audience at the annual Parmoor Lecture, hosted by the Howard League…

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…

Unfit for purpose

In the News Round-up this week: Government stocktake told of poor commissioning and lack of respect for foster carers; Kent County Council praised over children in care work; High Court challenge over UK’s poor response to Dubs plan; Ofsted survey; Queen honours foster carers Lack of carer respect and poor commissioning dominate stocktake submissions Last…

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…