Care leavers and the benefits system

The Children’s Society has published a new report highlighting the financial difficulties faced by care leavers. The report ‘Claiming after care’ provides updated data on care leavers’ involvement with the Department for Work and Pensions and uses case studies to illustrate the financial profiles of care leavers in a variety of circumstances. A number of […]

Good Childhood Report 2017

The Children’s Society has published the Good Childhood Report 2017, an analysis of data looking at how children’s well-being and happiness is changing over time, and which this year asked about a list of 27 possible problems children and their families faced in the last five years. The report was produced in partnership with the […]

Half of expelled pupils suffer mental health issues

Findings from research published by the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) show that at least half of pupils permanently excluded from school have a mental health issue. The system is failing these vulnerable pupils with only one in 100 children who have been permanently excluded going on to receive five good GCSE grades. Under […]

Advisor appointed to boost local support for care leavers

A new adviser to support young people as they leave the care system has been appointed as part of the government’s drive to improve the lives of vulnerable children. Mark Riddell MBE has been appointed as the National Implementation Adviser for care leavers, and will work closely with local authorities as they drive forward the […]

Digital help for foster carers from HMRC

Have you had trouble with taxes? Or wanted to know more about them? HMRC is hosting a live webinar, especially for foster carers. The webinar will explain the important tax issues you need to know about. During the webinar, you will learn about qualifying care relief and how to return this on your tax return, […]

Story request: Could you foster a sibling group?

In November, Fosterline will be launching the #OneMoreHome campaign for ‘Could you foster a sibling group?’ Fosterline recognises the need for more sibling group foster carers, keeping siblings together can be a great help for children in foster care. Can you share your story with us? We can publish them as part of our #OneMoreHome […]

Supporting Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking and Refugee Children

The Association of Directors of Children’s Services (ADCS) has published a thematic report on the needs of unaccompanied asylum seeking children (UASC) and the services available or being developed by councils to support them. Key findings include: Over a third of UASC displayed psychological symptoms upon arrival, such as post-traumatic stress disorder, flashbacks and depression […]

British children among the least active in the world

British children are among the least active in the world, and fitness levels are plummeting, a damning international study has found. Experts said the results were alarming, showing that movement was being “stripped out” of modern lifestyles, with children weaned on screen-time and starved of outdoor activity. On Sunday night Simon Stevens, head of the […]

Court orders adoption re-hearing after failure to analyse fostering options

Appeal judges have ordered a rehearing of a care case after finding a decision to place two children for adoption had been made without a proper consideration of long-term fostering options. The judges upheld an appeal against the adoption order brought by the children’s parents but warned it should not be seen as “any sort […]