Queen’s Birthday Honours

Fostering News Foster parents honoured for ‘changing lives’ “The first one that went, I really wanted to keep her actually – and I remember standing on the drive, waving goodbye, crying my eyes out and I said, ‘I can never do this again’.” But Judith Harper, from Buckinghamshire, went on to foster about 100 children […]

Fostering: OFSTED

Fostering: OFSTED

Fostering: The statistics Last week, we published our annual ‘Fostering in England’ statistics report. Many thanks to all the organisations who contributed their data. Hot on its heels was the Fostering Network’s report ‘State of the Nation’s Foster Care’, which many of you will have seen in the news. These reports give a valuable, but at times […]

Council ‘just left me’ in abuser’s care

Council ‘just left me’ in abuser’s care

SOLENT NEWS & PHOTO AGENCY Rex Case was jailed for abusing five girls, including three foster children A woman abused by her foster carer as a child has waived her right to anonymity to criticise the council involved in her care. Abbey Richards was five years old when she was sent to live with Rex […]

Vacancies in Essex

Vacancies in Essex

A big hello from us all at FOSTER CARE NEWS FOSTER CARE NEWS is helping to recruit foster carers for a small, friendly and professional fostering service who work with foster families in Essex The fostering agency offer the highest levels of support to their valued foster carers because they know that this is what […]

Huddersfield grooming case ‘could deter foster carers’

Huddersfield grooming case ‘could deter foster carers’

A high-profile court case involving a grooming gang could make foster carers harder to find, a council has warned. Staff at Kirklees Council say the case of 20 men who raped and abused girls in Huddersfield has had a negative impact on recruitment. The council is offering financial inducements to try to solve the problem. […]

Social worker ‘wrong’

Social worker ‘wrong’

A family court judge has criticised a social worker who recommended four children should be taken from their parents and put in to care. Judge Keith Wilding ignored the advice and said the social worker had made “critical errors” in her evidence. Hertfordshire County Council bosses had also put pressure on her and that gave […]

Number of newborn babies taken into care doubles

Number of newborn babies taken into care doubles

A new study suggests the number of newborn babies in England taken into care at birth has continued to rise. Data shows that over eight years the number of newborns subject to care proceedings has more than doubled, from 1,039 in 2007-8 to 2,447 in 2016-17. A newborn is less than seven days old. Newborns […]

Nottinghamshire child sexual abuse ‘not believed’

Nottinghamshire child sexual abuse ‘not believed’

Children sexually abused in the Nottinghamshire care system were “not believed”, an inquiry has heard. The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) heard 343 people reported sexual abuse in the county. Andris Logins, who worked at Beechwood Community Home in Mapperley, was jailed after a trial in 2016 after one victim gave evidence against […]

Fostering News Update

Fostering News Update

17:47 11 Sep Foster care shortage in Lewisham Local Democracy Reporting Service Lewisham Council will need to find 90 fostering households over the next three years to address the shortage of carers in the borough. The council is now seeking to make itself the “agency of choice” for prospective foster carers as it competes with […]

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