Unchanged melody

In the news round-up this week: fostering professionalisation agenda rejected by new head of ADCS, 2016-17’s care application figures show massive hike, measuring educational achievement of children in care, care-leavers housing project funded, new Coram guide for migrant children, Match fostering pilot evaluation and Welcome to Fostering book launch New ADCS head rejects foster carer…

Family Court report: could do better

Spotlight on family court reporting Guidance issued three years ago was intended to make the family court system and its judgements more transparent. But, for most of the population, what happens in the family courtroom appears still to be ‘justice in secret’, carried out behind closed doors. This Week in Fostering takes a closer look…

Care costs

In the News Round-up this week: Foster carers challenge employment status, children in care statistics, government report on placement options, youth remand cost hikes, council tax exemptions for care leavers, reporting in the family courts and the Bradford foster carers’ dispute latest. Foster couple challenge employment status in whistleblowing case The Independent Workers’ Union of Great…

Open doors

30 March 2017: News round-up FOSTERING PROVIDERS should focus on recruiting carers with the space to house sibling groups and give these carers additional support and training – including on sibling conflict resolution, the Rees Centre for research on fostering and education suggests. Local authorities have had a duty to place siblings together as far as…