New year, new minister

16 January 2018: Welcome to this week’s weekly briefing which amongst other things includes a new minister, a new data protection breach, and a new comedy show…. New minister for looked after children and fostering Stratford-on-Avon MP Nadhim Zahawi has been named parliamentary under-secretary of state at the Department for Education – with responsibility for…

New Year resolutions?

This Week in Fostering 9 January Last week we featured a full report on the Education Select Committee’s report from its inquiry into fostering. This week we round up some of the other issues that came up in fostering over the last few weeks including commissioning, boarding schools and free child care. IFAs point to poor…

This Year in Fostering

It has been a busy year in the fostering world: This Week in Fostering looks back at some of the key events that shaped the sector in 2017 With all the news that went on in 2017 it is hard to know where to start. That said, the professional status and treatment of foster carers was…

Mobile data

In this week’s news round-up: Scottish fostering stats show shortage of carers for siblings; Robin Allen QC on foster carer worker status; toxicology scandal threatens care orders; new historical abuse case launched; and finally – private education, the care system and social mobility. Scottish fostering stats show net increase in fostering households – but trouble placing…

Another person’s shoes

Consulting young people in care – Westminster style In an unusual move this week three care experienced young people were invited onto the education select committee, which was grilling the current children’s minister Robert Goodwill in its final session of the fostering inquiry. Connor Richardson, Rachel Musekiwa and care leaver and director of Foster Focus…