Useful Links and Resources

Adoption and Fostering Organisations

CoramBAAF Adoption and Fostering Academy0207 5200300Visit Website
First4Adoption0300 222 0022Visit Website
The Fostering Network0207 620 6400Visit Website
FosterTalk01527 836910Visit Website
New Family Social
(UK network for LGBT)
0843 2899457Visit Website

Advice & Support for Birth Families

Family Friends of Lesbian and Gays (FFLAG)0845 652 0311Visit Website
Family Rights Group0808 801 0366Visit Website
The Grandparents Association0845 434 9585Visit Website
Grandparents Plus0300 123 7015Visit Website

Childrens’ Rights & Advocacy Services

A National Voice0161 237 5577Visit Website
Coram Voice0808 800 5792Visit Website
Become 0207 251 3117 for switchboard
0800 023 2033 for the care advice line
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The Children’s Legal Centre08088 020 008Visit Website
The Children’s Commissioner0800 528 0731 for children in care
08088 020 008 Children’s Rights Alliance England
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National Youth Advocacy Service (NYAS)0808 808 1001Visit Website

Financial & Legal Advice

Citizen’s Advice Bureau08444 111 444Visit Website

Government Departments

Department for EducationVisit Website
Department for Work and PensionsVisit Website
HM Revenue & CustomsTax Credit Helpline:
0345 300 3900
Newly self- employed helpline
0300 200 3504
Self Assessment Helpline
0300 200 3300
Self Assessment Payment Helpline 0300 200 3835
NIC Deficiency Helpline 0300 200 3503
Self Employed NIC Helpline 0300 200 3505
Payment Enquiry Helpline 0300 200 3401
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OFSTEDComplaints line
0300 123 1231


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National Organisations offering Advice & Support

Advisory Centre for Education (ACE)Advice line:
0300 0115 142 Exclusion line: 0207 704 9822
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Black Heritage & Identity0845 260 5565Visit Website
The British Dyslexia Association0845 251 9002Visit Website
The National Autistic Society0808 800 4104Visit Website
National Centre for Eating Disorders0845 838 2040Visit Website
The National Deaf Children’s Society0808 800 8880Visit Website
New Family Social (LGBT community)0843 2899457Visit Website
The FASD trust01608 811 599Visit Website
National Deaf Children's Society0808 800 8880Visit Website
Unlock (independent advice dealing with the ongoing effects of criminal convictions)01634 247350
(weekdays 10:00 am to 16:00 pm)
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Contact a Family
(for families with disabled children)
0808 808 3555Visit Website
Catch 22 making the transition from the care system to independence.020 7336 4800Visit Website
SSAFA (the armed forces charity)0845 241 7141Visit Website

Support for Young People

Anti- Bullying Campaign0808 800 2222Visit Website
Childline0800 1111Visit Website
Missing People’s Helpline0800 116 0000
24 hours
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National Drugs Helpline0800 77 66 00Visit Website
Samaritans08457 90 90 90 or email jo@samaritans.orgVisit Website
Young Minds0808 802 5544Visit Website
I CAN
helping children develop speech, language and communication skills
0845 225 4073Visit Website
Care Advice Line 020 7017 8901Visit Website

The Independent Review Mechanism (England)

Independent Review Mechanism0845 450 3956
Email: irm@baaf.org.uk
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Useful Links

Delegating Authority to Foster Carers – Things you need to knowdelegating_authority_2012
Foster Care Approval & Assessment Process - Flow Chartflow diagram
Fostering Information Exchange (FIE)
For everyone with an interest in or connection to fostering.
FIE flyer v3
Food in Care - a resource pack providing practical support for those who look after Children in Care.Visit website

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