News

Fosterline’s Latest News pages will enable foster carers and prospective foster carers to maintain and update their knowledge regarding issues that affect the fostering role.

On the following pages you will be able to keep up-to-date with the latest news, features, reports, analysis, government policy and debate from within the fostering community.

Fosterline will relay information about recent events or happenings along with providing links to the source of the information so further detail can be accessed.

Free childcare to be extended to foster carers for the first time

The Department for Education has announced that free childcare will be extended to foster carers for the first time from September 2018. Minister for Children…

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Social worker changes ‘most common’ source of instability for children in care

Changes from one social worker to another remain the most common source of instability in the lives of children in care, a report by the…

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LGA responds to Children’s Commissioner report on children in care

Councils are currently supporting record numbers of children and young people through the care system. Ninety children a day entered care in the last year,…

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Children in care being ‘pinged’ around schools and homes

3,000 moved home at least four times in two years, increasing risk of exclusion and grooming.  Thousands of “pinball kids” are being shifted around the…

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Government advisers call for boost to care leaver support

Support for care leavers must be improved and the process for receiving benefits simplified to ensure they do not become homeless or have to share…

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Government announces apprenticeship bursaries for care leavers

The governement has announced that care leavers will receive a £1,000 bursary payment if they choose to do an apprenticeship  The extra financial support will…

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Homeless young people

Homeless Link has published a report exploring the trends, causes and nature of homelessness experienced by young people (aged 16-24) in England. Findings from a…

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Unaccompanied minors

Community Care reports on a 6-week training programme involving social work students, criminology students and young unaccompanied minors. The programme aimed to identify key gaps…

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Children in care

The BBC reports that a Freedom of Information request to councils in England and Wales finds that at least 5,000 children currently in care have…

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