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.

One in four councils plan children’s services cuts

Around a quarter of councils are planning cuts in children’s care services this year as they struggle to cope with austerity and rising demand, a…

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Free lecture by Sir Martin Narey – ‘The truth about the children’s care system’

On Tuesday 19th March 2019 between 5pm and 7.30pm, Sir Martin Narey DL, Visiting Professor at the Policy Evaluation and Research Unit (PERU) at Manchester…

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Youth cautions should no longer be disclosed in criminal record checks

The Supreme Court has ruled that youth reprimands and warnings should not be disclosed in criminal record checks to employers, and has confirmed that the…

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The National FGM Centre Toolkit

The National FGM Centre has developed a toolkit to help social workers carry out direct work with families and girls at risk of female genital…

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Children and young people’s screen-based activities

The UK Chief Medical Officers (CMO) have published a commentary on research carried out by University College London (UCL) investigating a range of screen-based activities…

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Mental health checks for looked-after children: Pilot areas named

The Department for Education-funded pilot is to take place over the next two years in a bid to improve mental health support for looked-after children…

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Calls for register of home-educated children as figures rocket

The commissioner, Anne Longfield, wants the register to be introduced “without delay”, after she found high numbers with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) were…

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‘Fostering can be heart-wrenching. At times I’ve sat down and cried’

For Afia Choudhury, foster care is a vocation. The former youth worker, who has fostered 27 children for the London borough of Tower Hamlets over…

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Concerns raised over decrease in fostering places in England

Some 43,475 households were approved for fostering in 2017/18, down 460 from the previous year, according to the Fostering in England report by Ofsted.  Despite…

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