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The number of children looked after by local authorities has increased since last year, prompting council chiefs to warn of the ‘huge demand’ this is placing on children’s services.
Councils have welcomed £13m of funding to help vulnerable children but warned cuts to children’s services are making it ‘difficult’ to help families.
Foster parents will have access to the government’s 30 hours free childcare offer for the first time from September.
Surrey CC’s children’s services are still inadequate, according to Ofsted – three years after they received the same grade.
The UK needs another 8,000 new foster families to ensure all fostered children can find the right home, a charity has warned today.
Ray Hart questions why foster care costs aren’t subject to the same level of scrutiny as other social care costs.
Collaboration between local authorities and the private sector would improve foster care for children, a new Government report has suggested.
MPs have called on the Government to carry out a ‘fundamental review’ of the whole foster care system to ensure children and foster parents are supported.
Ceri Sian Williams warns local authorities could face a significant increase in foster care abuse claims following a recent court ruling.
Inquiry by Tower Hamlets into allegations a Muslim couple fostering a ‘Christian’ child coerced her into following their faith concluded claims were baseless.