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Urgent need for foster carers to come forward

Urgent need for foster carers

With 90,000 children in care across the UK and the number still continuing to rise, new foster carers are urgently needed to look after these vulnerable young people. The most vulnerable are those requiring emergency placements.

Varied circumstances

Young people may need emergency placements for various reasons. They may be at risk […]

By |March 9th, 2015|Fostering Derbyshire|0 Comments

Are children in care protected?

Vulnerable children in care need particular attention. Surely keeping them safe is the first rule..?

However after it emerged earlier last month that councillors, police and social services turned a blind eye to the abuse of at least 1,400 children in Rotherham, it begs the question – are children in care safe?

Sexual exploitation

At least 1,400 […]

By |March 9th, 2015|Fostering Lancashire|0 Comments

£300m cost of failed returns for children in care revealed by NSPCC

£56m investment would provide the necessary support to families and reduce reunification breakdowns

According to research it is costing the government £300m a year when looked-after children who are sent home then return to the care system.

30-60% of reunifications fail

A study by the Centre for Child and Family Research at Loughborough University (commissioned by the NSPCC) […]

By |March 9th, 2015|Fostering Liverpool|0 Comments

Ofsted to conduct snap inspections in dozens of schools across England

No-notice Ofsted inspections after concerns over standards

Schools usually receive half a day’s notice before an inspection, however over a two-week period Ofsted will conduct no-notice visits at over 40 schools in England. Ofsted chief Sir Michael Wilshaw says there should be a move towards more routine no-notice visits as part of wider education reforms. […]

By |March 9th, 2015|Fostering Lancashire|0 Comments

Hot school lunches are better for children than extra maths and English, claims Clegg as he launches free school meal policy

1.89million under-sevens to get free school lunches in a bid to improve health and academic attainment.

The offer of free school meals for all infant pupils in England was announced by Mr Clegg at last year’s Lib Dem conference, at a cost of £600million a year.

The initiative launched in September at the beginning of the […]

By |March 9th, 2015|Fostering Manchester|0 Comments

Foster carers need greater authority to feel more of a parent

Delegating simple decision making to carers can make for a happier and fuller home life

Children missing out as a result of foster carers not having the power to make simple decisions.
Going on a school trip, to a birthday party sleepover, to the dentist, to the doctor… As a foster carer, you often have to […]

By |March 9th, 2015|Fostering Liverpool|0 Comments

Urgent call for foster carers in Rochdale

According to new statistics from the Department for Education, the number of looked after children in England is continuing to rise.

Key findings from the latest report highlights that the number of looked after children has increased steadily over the past 5 years and is now higher than at any point since 1985. The report […]

By |March 9th, 2015|Fostering Connections|0 Comments

75% of foster carers expected to make use of staying put arrangements

Earlier this year the Government introduced the ‘Staying Put’ arrangement for care leavers aged 18 and over to remain with foster carers up until their 21st birthday.

The aim is to provide greater stability and transition into adulthood and prepare young people for further education and employment.
According to Government figures (between April 2013 and March […]

By |March 9th, 2015|Fostering Derbyshire|0 Comments

One in five child deaths ‘preventable’

Around 5,000 people die each year and over 1,000 are children.

Britain’s child death rate, which was among the best in Europe 40 years ago, is now among the worst and experts warn that urgent action is needed to prevent ill health and improve NHS services.

Researchers from the University of Warwick have said that many […]

By |March 9th, 2015|Fostering Lancashire|0 Comments