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.

Children looked after in England

The Department for Education (DfE) has updated statistics for 2017/18 on the number of children looked after in England. Key statistics include: on 31 March…

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Children affected by domestic abuse must be given ‘protected’ status, MPs urge

The government must develop a specific strategy for children affected by domestic abuse, give them “protected” status on waiting lists for mental health services, and…

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Mental health checks for looked-after children to begin in June 2019

Children will start receiving mental health assessments when they enter the care system from June 2019 as part of a delayed pilot project, it has…

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Care proceedings duration rises to 30 weeks

The average time it takes for children in care proceedings to be completed in family courts is at its highest level for four years, government…

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Government expands teacher training programme to address LGBT bullying

The Government has announced further funding to tackle the bullying of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) young people in schools. Minister for women and…

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Children’s Minister reveals initiatives to spearhead £84m drive to reduce care numbers

Details of initiatives that will be expanded to other local authorities as part of an £84m drive to reduce the number of children being taken…

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Which councils will benefit from children’s social care budget windfall?

Delivering the 2018 Budget, Chancellor Philip Hammond announced that additional funding will be set aside to deal with the impact of rising numbers of children…

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Budget 2018: children’s social care

HM Treasury has announced that as part of the 2018 Budget, £84 million will be made available over five years to up to 20 local…

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Policy briefings: Children’s chances

The University of Sheffield has published a series of policy briefings on working against the challenges faced by children and ensuring they have the best possible…

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