DfE releases “The Children in Care Research and Priorities Paper”

Today the Department for Education published a paper which set out what the department thinks the important research questions are for Children in care. This paper is part of a suite of Research Priority and Question Papers which cover all the department’s key policy areas. Researchers, and those who work in education and children’s services, […]

Children and Families Bill becomes law after receiving royal assent

Children in care, prospective adopters and young carers can look forward to greater government support after the Children and Families Act today received royal assent. Under the Act, looked-after children will be able to stay with their foster families until they turn 21, while care proceedings will be subject to a controversial 26-week time limit […]

Universal Credit benefit reform programme

Uncertainty over when the computer systems needed to implement the government’s flagship Universal Credit benefit reform programme – implementation deadline could be missed, MPs warned. The work and pensions select committee said the rollout of the reform, which has been delayed due to problems with the IT system, was happening at ‘a snail’s pace’. The […]

Family Justice Reforms to Benefit Children

The largest family justice reforms for a generation will come into effect today 22nd April 2014. These family justice reforms put children clearly at the heart of the family justice system and focus on children’s needs rather than what parents see as their own ‘rights’, Justice Minister Simon Hughes has announced. The changes come as […]

Delegation of Authority (Guidance from DfE)

Since 1st July 2013 local authorities were required to publish their policy on delegation of authority to those responsible for the care of looked after children. However the Department of Education has identified that not all local authorities have this in place. The DfE has therefore, published guidance to assist local authorities in developing their […]

GLASS HALF FULL for Care Leavers

Inspired Youth http://www.inspiredyouth.org/ an organisation striving to make a positive impact in communities by engagement, challenge, education and inspiration aim to empower marginalised people and have produced this exceptional video alongside the springboard project, http://www.foundationuk.org/SpringboardProject.html which is specifically aimed at supporting young people leaving care (aged 16-24) living in York, Selby and Ryedale to identify […]

Family and Friends Carer Support

On May 13th the Department for Education has published an information resource for front line staff to use with family and friends carers. When a child is unable to remain with their birth parents, under the Children Act 1989 it is recommended that where it is consistent with the child’s welfare they should cared for […]