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Coronavirus: Barnardo’s declares fostering ‘crisis’ in lockdown

Coronavirus: Barnardo’s declares fostering ‘crisis’ in lockdown

The coronavirus pandemic has caused a “crisis” for foster caring in Wales, according to a children’s charity. Barnardo’s Cymru has seen a 45% rise in the number of children needing…

BAME foster care shortage in two-thirds of English councils

BAME foster care shortage in two-thirds of English councils

Two-thirds of councils in England have a shortage of black, Asian or minority ethnic (BAME) foster carers, according to BBC analysis of official figures. A fostering expert said this meant…

Children’s Commissioner for England Update.

Children’s Commissioner for England Update.

Anybody would be forgiven for being anxious and uncertain about what the coming months may bring. For children, that anxiety is real too. While it is a relief that the…

Supporting children Coronavirus

Supporting children Coronavirus

Children’s Commissioner for England Anne Longfield “The arrangements for children in care are of particular concern. I have written to the Departments for Education and for Communities and Local Government…

Boys, 7 and 10, abandoned in ‘upsettingly squalid’ house

Boys, 7 and 10, abandoned in ‘upsettingly squalid’ house

A woman who left her sons surrounded by “rotting rubbish” has been given a two-year suspended prison sentence. The boys, aged seven and 10, were meant to be home-schooled but…

Brexit and Fostering

Brexit and Fostering

EU nationals: foster carers and fostered children The report ‘EU nationals: foster carers and fostered children.’ by Fostering Network’s Campaigns Manager, Vicki Swain concludes that; “EU citizens in the UK…

Brexit and Child Care

Brexit and Child Care

Thousands of Foster Children Face Uncertain Futures After Brexit Coram, the leading children’s legal charity, has warned that thousands of EU children living in foster care across the UK are…

Child Refugees | Fostering

Child Refugees | Fostering

Fostering Agencies Increase Pressure on Government to Help Child Refugees The Home Office has been accused of reneging on its promise to provide sanctuary to child refugees, as it emerges…

Forgotten Children?

Forgotten Children?

Election Special: Are Children in Care Being Forgotten? Amid the chaos of Brexit and the looming climate emergency, are the voices of the most vulnerable in our society being excluding…

Mockingbird Programme

Mockingbird Programme

Surrey County Council Launches Mockingbird Programme Surrey County Council (SCC) is the latest local authority to adopt the Mockingbird programme of support for foster families, to ensure that carers and…