Laura Sharman 23 June 2020

Charity declares ‘state of emergency’ in foster care

Charity declares ‘state of emergency’ in foster care image

A children’s charity has warned that the number of children needing foster care has increased by 44% during the coronavirus pandemic.

Barnardo’s also said that the number of people looking to become foster parents during the crisis has fallen by 47% compared to the same time period last year.

It warns this has created a ‘state of emergency’ in foster care as hundreds of children referred to Barnardo’s will not be placed with a family.

Barnardo’s chief executive, Javed Khan, said: ‘The coronavirus pandemic has hit vulnerable families the hardest, with many reaching crisis point.

’This has created a state of emergency, as more children than ever need a safe and loving foster family, while fewer adults are coming forward as potential foster carers.’

In response, cllr Judith Blake, chair of the Local Government Association’s Children and Young People Board, said: 'Councils have been encouraging applicants from people of all backgrounds who are interested in fostering and adoption, and will continue to support those who are able to provide a stable home for children in care

'We have also been making the case that a child’s needs and voice is at the centre of any decision made about their futures.'

Tackling mistrust about vaccines image

Tackling mistrust about vaccines

Dr Justin Varney looks at how Birmingham is working to tackle the ‘layers upon layers of mistrust’ among ethnic minority communities that is ‘now playing out in vaccine hesitancy’.
SIGN UP
For your free daily news bulletin
Highways jobs

Senior Procurement Manager x3

Essex County Council
£51000 - £60500 per annum + + Flexible Working & Local Gov Pension
Category and Supplier Relationship Specialists x3Fixed Term, Full TimeUp to £60,609 per annumLocation
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Information Governance Lead

Greater Manchester Combined Authority
£41,881 - £45,859
We are recruiting for Information Governance professionals who will be ambassadors of information governance excellence within... Greater Manchester
Recuriter: Greater Manchester Combined Authority

Security Analyst

Essex County Council
Up to £45597 per annum
Security Analyst Permanent, Full Time £41,000 to £45,597 per annum Location
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Regulatory Compliance Lead - Complaints and Compliance

Essex County Council
£34501 - £36501 per annum
Regulatory Compliance Lead - Complaints and Compliance Permanent, Full Time £32,900 to £36,501 per annum Location
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Social Worker - Recruitment Day

Essex County Council
£32065 - £43839 per annum
***When applying for this role, please note that interviews will be held as part of a Virtual Recruitment Day on the 13th July 2021*** About the Role England, Essex, Harlow
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Public Property

Latest issue - Public Property News

This issue of Public Property examines how how flexible workspaces can lead the way in regeneration for local authorities, Why local authority intervention is key to successful urban regeneration schemes and if the Government’s challenge of embracing beauty is an opportunity for communities.

The March issue also takes a closer look at Blackburn with Darwen Council's first digital health hub to help people gain control over health and care services.

Register for your free digital issue