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.

Financial pressures and child protection

The Ofsted National Director for Social Care has published a blog on the impact of financial pressures on the child protection system in England. The…

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Advocacy for children

The Children’s Commissioner for England has published a report on advocacy provision for children in England. Findings include: a high proportion of the local authorities…

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New helpline for charity whistleblowers

The Charity Commission has opened an advice line for charity whistle-blowers. The service gives advice on what types of wrongdoing you can report, including safeguarding…

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Self-harm – research

The Lancet Psychiatry has published findings from research into the prevalence of self-harm in England. Findings include: the prevalence of self-reported self-harm has increased in…

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Measuring value in children’s social care

The Alliance for Useful Evidence has published a report looking at better ways of measuring the public value of different services and programmes. Advice on…

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Gender and sexual identity

The NSPCC has published information on Childline counselling sessions about gender and sexual identity over the past year. Findings include: last year there were 6,014…

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Rees Centre Blog Series on Unaccompanied Migrant Young People in Care

The Rees Centre has published four new blogposts in a special series for the month of May on unaccompanied migrant young people in care: What…

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The Potential of Disabled People as Foster Carers

A Guardian article questions why disabled people are rarely used as foster carers. It describes the experiences of a foster carer with muscular dystrophy and reports…

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Good Decisions for Looked After Children: New Ofsted Research

Ofsted’s National Director for Social Care, Yvette Stanley has announced in a blog post , the launch of a new piece of research that will…

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