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.

Thousands of Children Looked After by Failing Council: SMF Report

The Social Market Foundation (SMF) has published a report which analyses 2017 inspection data from Ofsted and assesses local councils’ services for children in need of…

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Rough Sleeping Strategy: Care Leaver Support

The Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government has published a Rough Sleeping Strategy, setting out the government’s plans to help people who are sleeping rough and to…

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Ending the Criminalisation of Children in Residential Care

As part of its programme to end the criminalisation of children in residential care, the Howard League for Penal Reform has published the third in…

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Current State of Children’s Services: CSDG Report

The Children’s Services Development Group (CSDG) has published a report examining the changing nature of children’s services and providing a snapshot of current sector thinking…

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Children’s Social Care Statutory Guidance Myth Busting Guide

The Children’s Social Care Innovation Programme has produced a short guide clarifying areas of statutory guidance that are either misunderstood or act as a barrier…

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Transgender foster carers and adopters

An article in Community Care outlines tips to help social workers supporting transgender foster carers and adopters. Good practice tips include: using inclusive gender neutral…

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New unit to tackle exploitation of vulnerable young people

The Department for Education (DfE) has announced plans for a new national response unit to help local authorities in England support vulnerable children at risk…

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Unaccompanied asylum-seeking children

The Home Office has published statistics which show that there were 2,424 asylum applications in the UK from unaccompanied asylum seeking children (UASC) in the…

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Disqualification by association: Statutory Guidance

The Department for Education (DfE) has published revised statutory guidance for schools and local authorities in England, relating to disqualification under the Childcare Act 2006…

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