Social Services failing to support long term placements

Social Services failing to support long term placements

Long term fostering breakdowns It is becoming increasingly common that children’s long term foster care placements are breaking down because their needs are not being met by Social Services. As a result, in some cases children have had to leave their long term placements to go into residential care. In July 2017 Cliodhna Russell reported […]

Child Cruelty Consultation

Child Cruelty Consultation

Child Cruelty Consultation June 2017 marked the beginning of a 13 week public consultation, regarding offences of cruelty to children. This is being conducted by the Sentencing Council, an independent body who are responsible for developing sentencing guidelines for the courts, used by the courts when passing a sentence.  Throughout the process they are meeting […]

Coventry children’s services still ‘require improvement’

Coventry children’s services still ‘require improvement’

An Ofsted report into Coventry children’s services has found it “requires improvement to be good”. Inspectors spent nearly a month evaluating the services, which were rated inadequate in 2014. They praised the “intense focus” of council leaders over the past 12 months but said improvements are “not yet fully embedded”. Council Leader George Duggins said […]

Fostering and Education – The Key to Success

Fostering and Education – The Key to Success

The Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) found that in 2014, “foster children want the same things in life as nearly all children: success at school, a good job, a happy family and children. School and education are very important to them as a first step to achieving these ambitions.”  Whilst this may be true […]

Foster Carer’s Bid for Rights

Foster Carer’s Bid for Rights

31 March 2017 West Scotland and Glasgow A couple who have been working as foster carers for six years are to take their case to be classed as council employees to a tribunal. James and Christine Johnstone claim to have suffered an unlawful deduction of wages after not having a child placed with them for […]

Foster Care | Rotherham grooming gang victim

Foster Care | Rotherham grooming gang victim

Woman abused by Arshid Hussain goes public A woman abused by the leader of a child grooming gang in Rotherham has revealed her identity for the first time as she continues her fight for justice. Sammy Woodhouse, who previously talked about her experience under the false name Jessica, waived her right to anonymity to speak […]

Fostering | Complex task

Fostering | Complex task

Foster carers face ‘incredibly complex task’, MPs told By Katherine Sellgren BBC News education and family reporter February 2017 The status of fostering must be raised to give foster carers the recognition they deserve, MPs have heard. The increasingly complex needs of children in care mean fosterers face a tough task, carers and groups told […]

Buckinghamshire Foster Carers Needed!

Buckinghamshire Foster Carers Needed!

Fostering in The Buckinghamshire Area – New Carers NEEDED. If making a difference to a young person’s life sounds appealing, then perhaps a Fostering career is something you may wish to consider. Numbers are at an all time high for Children in need of care and we at Simply Fostering, are doing all we can […]

Foster carers face incredibly complex task

Foster carers face incredibly complex task

Foster carers face ‘incredibly complex task’, MPs told 1 February 2017 From the section Education & Family The status of fostering must be raised to give foster carers the recognition they deserve, MPs have heard. The increasingly complex needs of children in care mean fosterers face a tough task, carers and groups told the Commons […]

Bonfire of children’s rights

Bonfire of children’s rights

A Bill described as “a bonfire of child protection rights”, which would let councils opt out of key legal duties to children, was debated on Tuesday. The Children and Social Work Bill would let local councils apply to set aside children’s rights and checks on care to try out innovative ways of working. The government […]

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