Accommodation for children in care – Consultation

The Department for Education (DfE) has launched a consultation on unregulated provision for children in care and care leavers in England. It has been launched alongside a research report on the same topic and transparency data on looked after children in independent or semi-independent placements. The consultation seeks views on proposals to: ban placing children […]

Meeting the Needs of BAME Children in Foster Care

Two articles this month examine the issue of the shortage of black, Asian or minority ethnic (BAME) foster carers: BBC analysis of Ofsted figures show that two-thirds of councils in England have a shortage of BAME foster carers. 23% of children in foster care in England at 31 March 2019 came from a BAME background. […]

Meeting the Needs of BAME Children in Foster Care

Two articles this month examine the issue of the shortage of black, Asian or minority ethnic (BAME) foster carers: BBC analysis of Ofsted figures show that two-thirds of councils in England have a shortage of BAME foster carers. 23% of children in foster care in England at 31 March 2019 came from a BAME background. In […]

Shortage of foster carers from BAME backgrounds

The BBC reports that analysis of Ofsted statistics for 2018/19, looking at local authorities that provide fostering services in England, shows that 99 of the 146 local authorities that provide fostering services had a shortage or undersupply of foster carers from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds.   Further details are available here > […]

Fostering in England 2018-19: Ofsted Statistics

Ofsted has released its latest annual dataset on fostering provision in both local authority and independent fostering services in England for the year ending 31 March 2019. Key figures include: There were 88,370 approved fostering places as at 31 March 2019, an increase of 1.4% on the previous year, but filled places increased at a […]

Children’s services ratings for England

Ofsted has published local authority (LA) inspection data and children’s homes inspection data for England. Figures show that at the end of August 2019: 49% of LA children’s services were judged good or outstanding at their most recent inspection and 82% of children’s homes were judged good or outstanding. Further details are available here >   […]

Fostering statistics

Ofsted has published statistics on fostering in England for 2018/19.  Figures show that on 31 March 2019, 54,870 children and young people were placed with foster carers, a 3% increase from last year.   Further details are available here > […]

Children and young people’s experiences in care

Ofsted has published findings from their annual questionnaire looking at children and young people’s experiences of living with foster carers, in children’s homes and in boarding schools in England.   Findings from responses from over 6,000 children include: 94%. said they were well looked after always or most of the time; 88% said that there […]