Westminster Hall debate on the recruitment and retention of foster carers

  On Thursday 21st April, MPs held a general debate on the recruitment and retention of foster carers which was put forward by Kate Osborne.   Will Quince, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education stated ‘On financial support, foster carers have a unique role. They are not employees, and I very much believe that […]

Child wellbeing and social media

  Ofcom has released a report exploring how media was understood and used by children and young people aged 3-17 in the UK in 2021. The report is part of wider programme from Ofcom, ‘Making sense of media’, and is intended as a reference for policy makers and the general public. Findings from the report […]


  Children and Young People Now have reported that a charity is urging the Care Review to take on board proposals to improve support for kinship carers and their children ahead of its final recommendations to the government.   Kinship says it is calling upon Josh MacAlister, who chairs the independent review of children’s social care […]

Caseloads bigger, more complex and harder to manage, say children’s social workers

  Community Care have reported that more than a third say caseloads “completely unmanageable” as court pressures, Covid impact and lack of other services increase complexity, taking toll on mental health and leaving some contemplating exit Children’s social workers’ caseloads are getting bigger, more complex and harder to manage, taking a toll on their mental […]

Supporting parents and carers

  The Centre of expertise on child sexual abuse (CSA Centre) has published a guide to help professionals provide a confident, supportive response to parents and carers when concerns about the sexual abuse of their child have been raised or abuse has been identified.   The guide explains: the impact that sexual abuse has on […]

Homes for Ukraine: The foster families who have taken in refugees

The government’s “Homes for Ukraine” scheme will see people in the UK hosting refugees in their homes for a minimum of six months. But while welcoming the move, some of those who have provided a home to refugees in the past are concerned about whether those arriving will get the support they need.   Fostering […]

Housing Ukrainian refugees

  If you would like to know more about the new ‘Homes for Ukraine’ scheme, please follow the below links.    Please note that Fosterline will not be able to offer any direct advice on the scheme via our phone lines or emails, please direct any queries to:  https://homesforukraine.campaign.gov.uk/     Homes for Ukraine scheme […]

Children and young people’s mental health service

  The Children’s Commissioner for England has published a report looking at children and young people’s access to Children and Young People’s Mental Health Services (CYPMHS) in England in 2020/21, and how this has changed over the past two years. The report, which looks at figures from the national and Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) level, […]

Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel

  The Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel and the Department for Education (DfE) have published correspondence setting out the terms of reference and timescales for the national review following the murders of Arthur Labinjo-Hughes and Star Hobson. The Panel anticipates publishing the national review by the end of May 2022. Read the correspondence: National review into […]