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Children’s homes funded in Somerset.

Children’s homes funded in Somerset.

Up to 10 new children’s homes could be opened across Somerset to provide better support across the county. Companies will run children’s homes and provide education and fostering services in…

St Helens couple become foster parents to honour son’s wish

St Helens couple become foster parents to honour son’s wish

Published16 hours agoShare A couple who lost both their children to rare illnesses have become foster parents to honour their son’s final wishes. Karen and Paul Ledsham, of St Helens,…

1 in 5 foster carers considered quitting over Covid pandemic

1 in 5 foster carers considered quitting over Covid pandemic

More than one in five foster carers have considered quitting because of the coronavirus pandemic, an ITV News survey has revealed. Most of the 1,022 foster carers who participated in the…

Competition watchdog investigates children’s social care sector

Competition watchdog investigates children’s social care sector

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has launched a study of children’s social care across Britain. It will consider low availability and rising costs in children’s homes and fostering, as…

Retired Redcar couple urge others to foster children

Retired Redcar couple urge others to foster children

A couple aged 80 and 74 have said age is “no barrier” to fostering children. Retired publicans Bob and Janet Baker are Redcar and Cleveland Council’s oldest foster carers. The…

Unregulated accommodation banned for vulnerable children under 16

Unregulated accommodation banned for vulnerable children under 16

A ban on placing vulnerable children under the age of 16 in unregulated accommodation will come into force in September, the Education Secretary Gavin Williamson has announced, as part of…

Covid: Foster children needing urgent care up 30%, Barnardo’s.

Covid: Foster children needing urgent care up 30%, Barnardo’s.

Family breakdowns have increased the need for foster carers by nearly a third during the Covid pandemic, a charity has said. From April to December 2020, the number of children…

‘I made it to university, but then I fell through the cracks’

‘I made it to university, but then I fell through the cracks’

About 10,000 young people move out of the care system in the UK every year. For some there’s a sudden cut-off with little support on the other side. Kim Emenike…

Manhunt for Imran Safi after ‘three sons abducted’

Manhunt for Imran Safi after ‘three sons abducted’

27 August 2020 An urgent manhunt is under way for a father who abducted his three sons from their foster home, police have said. Imran Safi, 26, is said to…

Children Restrictions

Children Restrictions

The number of children in care in England and Wales who have restrictions placed on their freedom has tripled in the last two years, BBC News has found. Deprivation of…