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.

Why I Ran Away from Foster Care when I was 12

A short video on the BBC Dorset website tells the story of Kayleigh who was 12 years old when she first ran away from her…

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Poet Lemn Sissay on Childhood in Care

The poet and playwright Lemn Sissay, whose documentary Channel 4 Superkids in Care aired on 28th November, has written an article about his experiences of…

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NSPCC helpline neglect contacts increase over Christmas

The NSPCC has released figures about the number of people contacting its helpline with concerns about child neglect. Figures show that in 2017/18 the NSPCC…

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Council compensates couple after unfairly reducing SGO funding

A council has introduced changes to the way it manages special guardianship arrangements after the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman found it unfairly cut…

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Children not routinely told why they are in care, survey finds

Coram Voice and the University of Bristol’s survey of more than 2,600 foster children found: Almost 50% of 4 to 7 year-olds haven’t had the…

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Children in care

The What Works Centre for Children’s Social Care has published two reports concerning research into safely reducing the number of children in care in the…

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Statutory Guidance to Improve Young People’s Well-being

This guidance sets out the statutory duty placed on local authorities to provide appropriate local youth services and activities to improve young people’s well-being. For…

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MPs launch inquiry into children’s services funding

A cross-party group of MPs is to investigate whether current funding levels are adequate for local authorities to deliver children’s services. The inquiry, which is…

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Looked after children: school places

TES reports that the Independent Children’s Homes Association (ICHA) has conducted research on looked after children’s placement in mainstream schools. Key findings of the research,…

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