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An independent review of foster care in England has been published, setting out recommendations to improve the fostering system for children and foster carers. The independent review, commissioned by the Department for Education and conducted by Sir Martin Narey (pictured) and Mark Owers, looked at the purpose of foster care…
The Institute of Public Care (IPC), Oxford Brookes University, has been appointed to conduct a review of the arrangements for commissioning fostering and residential care placements in London. The request has been made by Association of London Directors of Children’s Services (ALDCS) through London Councils. The aim is to explore…
Child protection professionals are ill-equipped when working with Gypsy, Roma and Traveller children, say researchers who have revealed children from these groups are more likely to be taken into care. Dr Daniel Allen and Sarah Riding from the University of Salford have presented Department of Education statistics showing that since…
An academic at the University of Chester is working with a new national charity to improve the lives of looked after children. Insights from evaluative research led by Professor Elizabeth Harlow from the Department of Social Work and Interprofessional Education, were harnessed by the University’s honorary graduate Sir John Timpson…
Paloma Faith and Fay Ripley are among a group of celebrities sharing family photos to support an urgent appeal for foster carers. Former Towie stars Lydia Bright and Debbie Douglas, Love Island's Marcel Somerville, Gogglebox vicar Kate Bottley and gold medallist sprinter Jamie Baulch are also backing the Barnardo's campaign…
Adoption has been a particularly politicised and contentious area of public policy in recent years in the UK, perhaps most particularly in England. Political and ideological perspectives on adoption drive legal frameworks, policy, the culture of practice and the use of resources. It was against this backdrop that BASW commissioned…
Eleanor Schooling writes that it is possible for homes to support ‘hard-to-place’ children and still achieve a good or better inspection outcome. Today, I want to talk about the children living in children’s homes. While the majority of children looked after live in foster placements, around one in 12 children…
Spending on children's services was slashed by nearly £1 billion under David Cameron, according to Labour. The party's shadow education secretary Angela Rayner expressed concern, saying the Local Government Association has forecast that children's services face a £2 billion funding gap by 2020. Labour said Education Department figures showed spending…
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