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Response to Ofsted’s fostering statistics for England

Responding to the release of the national statistics for fostering in England from 1 April 2017 to 31 March 2018, chief executive of The Fostering Network, Kevin Williams, said: ‘The figures make informative reading and help paint a picture of fostering and fostered children in England. 'While recruitment has remained steady, the number of foster [...]

By | March 15th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

What TV shows like ‘Butterfly’ can teach us about social work with trans children

Good practice is based on listening to the child's needs and enabling them to express their wishes The recent TV mini-series, Butterfly, presents an engaging portrayal of the issues facing a trans child who is in the process of transitioning. Maxine, who is eleven, is able to dress as she wishes in the privacy of the family [...]

By | March 8th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Foster carers must be at the heart of children’s social care, leading charity warns

A lack of support for foster carers, along with a failure to recognise the vital role they play at the heart of children’s social care, risks undermining their ability to meet the needs of fostered children, a leading charity is warning today.  The 2019 State of the Nation’s Foster Care report, published today by The [...]

By | March 1st, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

‘We weren’t set up to deal with this’: how councils have responded to county lines

Drug dealing networks' exploitation of young people has exploded into public consciousness – but what are local authorities doing about it, and where do social workers fit in? It was spring 2015, recalls Trish Leivesley, now child criminal exploitation lead at North East Lincolnshire council, when something “really weird” came to her attention. A 16-year-old, little [...]

By | March 1st, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Safer Internet Day 2019

By Will Gardner: Will Gardner is a Director of the UK Safer Internet Centre and CEO of Childnet, one of the three charity partners in the centre. He sits on the Executive Board of the UK Council for Child Internet Safety.  Tuesday saw the celebration of Safer Internet Day across the world in over 150 countries. [...]

By | February 8th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Child sexual abuse: key advice for social workers working in this area

Working with cases of CSA can be challenging for social workers, particularly when abuse is suspected but not ‘proven’ Recognise the value of your role: No matter what role you currently hold as a social worker or type of service you work in, the need to identify, recognise and respond to concerns of sexual abuse is [...]

By | February 1st, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Experiences of young people in care and care leavers

Four care-experienced young people share stories about being in care as part of Coram Voice's writing competition Photo: Coram Coram Voice’s annual writing competition for young people in care and care leavers is open until 10 February, and provides opportunity for practitioners to reflect and learn from the experiences of young people. Here are four [...]

By | February 1st, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Achievers of the Month | October – January 2019

Thank you to The Alex and Timpson Trust for funding this project. October 2018 Achievers of the Month One for settling well into placement and making a positive contribution. One for settling in well at his new school and making new friends (positive relationships). November 2018 Achievers of the Month One for their positive contribution [...]

By | January 21st, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Freedom Fostering Update | January 2019

Christmas Raffle Our raffle tickets were drawn Thursday 20th December 2018 at our 'end of year celebration' at Goals in Wolverhampton. First prize; Large elephant teddy. (Winner; Nadine Ikolo)Second prize; Teddy with Chocolates & strawberry sparkling wine. (Winner; Beverley P)Third prize; Teddy with Chocolates & strawberry sparkling wine. (Winner; Paula O)Fourth prize; Teddy with Chocolates [...]

By | January 21st, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Care experienced children and young people report welcomed

Following the publication of the Care experienced children and young people report by the Public Accounts Committee of the National Assembly for Wales, Jackie Sanders, communications and public affairs director at The Fostering Network said: ‘We welcome the recommendations of this child-focused report and its concentration on ensuring that there is an emphasis on improving stability and [...]

By | January 8th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments