Fostering

Kinship carers ‘lack support’ in times of crisis, charity warns

07/10/2019

Family members who take on the responsibility of caring for children who are not their own risk being penalised due to a lack of support and independent advice, a charity has warned.

Whitehall launches 10 new foster projects

04/10/2019

The Government has today launched fostering projects in 10 new locations in a bid to provide foster families with practical and emotional support and advice.

Kinship carers blast lack of support from children's services

24/09/2019

Local authorities should have a legal responsibility to support people looking after the children of family and friends, campaigners have argued.

Nottinghamshire councils apologise for ‘decades’ of child abuse

01/08/2019

Nottinghamshire councils have apologised for letting survivors ‘down in worst possible way’ after an inquiry found hundreds of children were abused in care.

Foster carers need ‘more support’ to look after LGBTQ young people

30/07/2019

More support is needed for foster carers looking after LGBTQ young people, new study says.

Ambitious for adoption

03/07/2019

Dr Carol Homden argues the closure of the Adoption Register for England means all parts of the system must work together to ensure the best possible service to children.

Council accused of ‘negligence’ over Parsons Green bomber

08/03/2019

Surrey has been accused of ‘negligence’ by the foster parents of the Parsons Green bomber who claim the authority failed to warn them he had been radicalised.

Foster carers feel ‘undervalued’, report reveals

04/02/2019

Foster carers do not feel treated as an ‘equal and valued’ member of the social care team looking after fostered children, a new report has revealed.

Number of looked after children rises to over 75,000

16/11/2018

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.

Home Office announces £13m fund to support vulnerable children

22/08/2018

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 to receive free childcare

22/06/2018

Foster parents will have access to the government’s 30 hours free childcare offer for the first time from September.

Children's services blow for new chiefs

16/05/2018

Surrey CC’s children’s services are still inadequate, according to Ofsted – three years after they received the same grade.

Urgent need for another 8,000 foster families says charity

15/05/2018

The UK needs another 8,000 new foster families to ensure all fostered children can find the right home, a charity has warned today.

The scrutiny of foster care costs

04/04/2018

Ray Hart questions why foster care costs aren’t subject to the same level of scrutiny as other social care costs.

Government fostering report calls for councils to work with agencies

07/02/2018

Collaboration between local authorities and the private sector would improve foster care for children, a new Government report has suggested.

Committee calls for ‘fundamental review’ of foster system

22/12/2017

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.

Counting the cost of foster care abuse

12/12/2017

Ceri Sian Williams warns local authorities could face a significant increase in foster care abuse claims following a recent court ruling.

Investigation concludes ‘Christian’ child happy with Muslim foster parents

02/11/2017

Inquiry by Tower Hamlets into allegations a Muslim couple fostering a ‘Christian’ child coerced her into following their faith concluded claims were baseless.

Council liable for foster care abuse, judge rules

19/10/2017

Local authorities could face a big increase in claims by foster children over historic or recent child abuse after a landmark ruling by the Supreme Court.

Safeguarding foster children from radicalisation

18/10/2017

William Eichler finds out how the fostering sector can protect children from radical ideologies.

Record number of children in care system

12/10/2017

Council leaders have warned a record number of children are now in the care system, with 90 youngsters a day entering care last year.

Council charges foster family for free school transport

11/10/2017

Councils are putting foster children at a disadvantage compared to their peers when it comes to school transport, ombudsman says.

Shocking survey reveals 'true scale' of foster care crisis

11/09/2017

A new poll by a children’s charity has revealed over 85% of UK adults surveyed show little or no interest in fostering, raising concerns over the future of foster care in the UK.

London boroughs awarded £1m for innovative fostering scheme

20/07/2017

Six London boroughs have been awarded £1m for a scheme improving access to high-quality residential care and fostering placements for looked after children.

Watch - Foster with Nottingham City Council

19/05/2017

Hear from the council's foster carers about the importance of fostering with Nottingham City Council.

Cracks within fostering system 'likely to get bigger' warns charity

31/01/2017

The fostering system in the UK is under ‘unsustainable strain’, with ‘hard-won improvements’ at risk of being eroded, a report has warned today.

Foster care system in need of ‘urgent attention’, MPs say

07/10/2016

MPs have launched an inquiry into fostering in England today at a time when the number of looked-after children is at its highest point since 1985.

Charity to take over Peterborough’s fostering and adoption services

27/09/2016

Peterborough Council has agreed to transfer all its fostering and adoption services to a charitable organisation.

Councils call for ‘golden hellos’ in fostering to be banned

08/09/2016

Town hall leads have called for a ban on independent agencies offering foster carers cash to switch from working for local authorities.

Councils hit out at 'golden hellos' in fostering

05/08/2016

Children’s services directors have called for private agencies to be banned from offering golden hellos of up to £3,000 to poach foster carers from councils.

Foster care children do better at school, report finds

25/05/2016

Town hall bosses have highlighted research that shows children in foster care do better at school to help promote Foster Care Fortnight.

Queen's Speech 2016: Councils face fresh demands under ‘care covenant’

18/05/2016

Proposals to speed up child adoption and raise council support for young people were outlined in the Queen’s Speech today.

Cameron outlines reforms for social workers

16/05/2016

David Cameron has pledged to change the way local authorities help children in care with a new regulator and further reforms.

Foster children ‘under threat’ from budget cuts

14/04/2016

Government funding cuts to local authority budgets are putting the wellbeing of foster children at risk, survey finds.

Millions invested by Whitehall into helping vulnerable children

04/04/2016

Hundreds of millions will be invested to support vulnerable children and families, the education secretary announced yesterday.

Liverpool foster carers to be exempt from council tax

22/02/2016

Foster carers working directly for Liverpool City Council will no longer have to pay council tax.

Rehab company to run children’s homes in Birmingham

07/01/2016

Birmingham City Council has selected the Priory Group to run five of its residential children’s homes.

Rise in number of children missing from foster care warns report

11/12/2015

The number of children going missing from foster care rose by almost a fifth in the last year, according to the latest report from Ofsted.

Being in foster care can boost GCSEs grades, finds research

01/12/2015

Children who are fostered do better at school than those who live with their families while receiving social work support, according to new research.

Council explores new fostering service

06/11/2015

Peterborough City Council has proposed setting up new partnerships to improve services for young people in care.

Young care leavers being ‘cut adrift’ warn MPs

30/10/2015

Vulnerable young people leaving local authority care are not receiving the help and support they need, a new report from the Public Accounts Committee has warned.

Councils told to 'weigh up all options' when safeguarding children

22/10/2015

Councils have been reminded to consider all the options available when safeguarding vulnerable children to avoid making ‘knee-jerk reactions’.

Council issues urgent plea for foster carers

07/10/2015

Islington Council has issued an appeal for more foster carers to help with unaccompanied asylum-seeker children.

Council offers staff extra time off for fostering

30/09/2015

Coventry City Council has announced it will give its staff an extra five days of leave if they are applying to be a foster carer.

FOI request exposes upheaval experienced by foster children

21/09/2015

A freedom of information request has revealed that a quarter of foster children have to move home at least twice a year.

Children in care should stay until 25 says commissioner

08/07/2015

Young people should be allowed to stay in care until they are 25 years old as thousands are leaving before they are ready, a new survey has revealed.

Children 'at risk' due to unregistered private fostering

06/07/2015

Local authorities are not being notified of the majority of private fostering arrangements, according to new research.

Foster children moved too many times warns charity

01/06/2015

Nearly half of teenagers in foster care are already living with their third family, according to a new survey.

Councils triple number of special guardianship orders

22/05/2015

An investigation has revealed that that the number of councils placing babies under a special guardianship order has tripled in the past two years.

Norfolk given £1m to develop child care project

17/02/2015

Over £1m of government funds has been awarded to a Norfolk County Council project designed to prevent 180 children coming into care every year.

Dog adoption blacklist barking up the wrong tree, charity warns

02/02/2015

An adoption charity has launched a best practice guide to prevent foster children being denied the physical and emotional benefits of having a pet.

Charity calls for research on cost of siblings separated in care

23/01/2015

Local authorities have been urged to provide data on the number of siblings separated in care by a charity, after figures show it costs the UK economy £800m a year.

Council not liable for foster care abuse finds court

12/12/2014

A judge has ruled a local authority can not be held legally responsible for abuse that happened to a woman in foster care and at the hands of her mother’s partner.

Record numbers of children in care, finds watchdog

27/11/2014

Numbers of children in care have reached a 20-year high, with the Coalition making ‘no progress’ on improving the system – auditors have warned.

Yearly cost of children going back into care reaches £300m, report says

22/09/2014

Some 5,000 children return to care after being reunited with their families at a cost of £300m every year – a report claims.

A third of foster children split from siblings

08/09/2014

One in three children placed into foster care have been separated from their siblings, according to new research.

Best practice guide for Staying Put arrangements

15/07/2014

A best practice guide to help support foster children who choose to stay in care until they turn 21 has been launched by the Children’s Partnership.

Take children at risk of radicalisation into care, Boris Johnson says

03/03/2014

Muslim children who are at risk of being radicalised should be taken into care, London mayor Boris Johnson has said.

Improve data security for vulnerable children, councils told

05/02/2014

Sensitive information about vulnerable children is at risk due to 'insecure' links between fostering agencies and councils, a report claims.

Extent of private fostering ‘unknown’ in many areas

27/01/2014

Councils have been urged to work with local safeguarding boards and the Government to improve awareness of private fostering.

Adoption campaign begins in Birmingham

20/01/2014

Birmingham City Council has launched a campaign to locate local adopters and foster carers, deploying prime-time television advertising and a new website.

Charity warns thousands new foster families needed this year

08/01/2014

Nearly 9,000 new foster families will be needed during 2014 to replace the 12% that leave each year, according to new figures.

Charity's plea for children with complex needs

06/01/2014

Councils faced with reduced budgets are having to make difficult choices that are often cost driven and not needs led, charity Action for Children has warned.

Report: Three in four foster carers share same values set

20/12/2013

Almost three-quarters of foster carers share the same values set, according to a new report published by the Fostering Network charity.

Foster children to stay with families until 21

04/12/2013

Councils will be given £40m to allow children in care to stay with foster families until they are 21, the children and families minister Edward Timpson has announced.

Charity warns of ‘huge variation’ in foster carer recruitment

04/12/2013

Recruitment of foster carers varies hugely across councils, with some authorities ‘struggling’ to recruit the workforce they need, a report indicates.

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