Foster carers given more money to help with the cost of living

  On Friday 17 June, it was announced that foster carer allowances at Oldham Council are to be uplifted above the National Recommended Fostering Allowance for all carers by 4%.  The announcement, which took place at a foster carer celebration event ran by Oldham Council, also confirmed that mileage rates for foster carers are being […]

Children in care ‘moving between placements a thousand times every week

  Children in care are moving between placements a thousand times every week in England, according to fresh analysis of Government figures. Children’s care placements have changed more than 220,000 times between 2018 and 2021, according to charities’ analysis of figures on looked-after children published by the Department for Education (DfE).   This is the […]

Children in care

  The University of Liverpool has published a study which explores correlations between rising child poverty and children entering care in England. Researchers studied 147 local authorities in England and found that between 2015 and 2020, after controlling for employment rates, a one percentage point increase in child poverty was associated with an additional five […]

Care review chair calls for teachers to consider fostering pupils

  Care Review chair Josh MacAlister has set out an argument for one per cent of all teachers to foster a child at their school. In his recommendations to the government, MacAlister called for the recruitment of 9,000 new foster carers in England over three years. “Family group decision making processes should identify adults known […]

Council’s failure to add social work capacity means children at risk of harm face delays, Ofsted warns

  A council’s response to children at immediate risk of harm has “deteriorated” after senior leaders failed to speedily put in place extra funds to boost social work capacity, Ofsted has warned. A focused visit to Tameside in April, primarily looking at the council’s ‘front door’, found that additional investment promised after inspectors’ last trip […]

Fundamental shift in children’s social care set out

  Vulnerable children and families in England will be better supported by a fundamental shift in how children’s social care services are delivered, guided by the findings of an independent review of children’s social care published today.   The government is setting out initial new measures in response to recommendations set out in Josh MacAlister’s […]

Campaign To Provide Books for Ukrainian Refugee Children

  A children’s literacy charity has launched a campaign to raise £1 million to buy books for Ukrainian refugees arriving in the UK.   Bookmark Reading, a literacy charity that provides volunteer-led reading support for children, aims to supply 5,000 welcome Book Boxes to Ukrainian children, aged five to nine, who have fled their homes due to […]

‘Lack of collective knowledge’ on needs of children in care’

  There is a ‘lack of collective knowledge’ around the needs of children in care, according to a study by Ofsted, published today.   The report ‘Why do children go into children’s homes?’ draws on responses to surveys and discussions between inspectors and children placed in children’s homes, staff and others to provide insights into the diverse […]

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 […]