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Response to latest report on educational outcomes for looked after children

Following the publication of the Department for Education’s Outcomes for children looked after by local authorities: 31 March 2018 report, chief executive of The Fostering Network, Kevin Williams, said: ‘It is heartening to see that these figures support previous research from the University of Oxford that care can have a positive impact on the education of some [...]

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

The Voices of Foster Carers are Being Ignored

The role played by foster carers has never been more important. Three-quarters of children in care are in foster care, and with a rising number of children entering the care system, improving the experience of care and raising the outcomes of looked after children must start by ensuring foster care is the very best it [...]

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

Social Worker of the Year Awards 2019 open for entries

There are 16 categories across the specialisms of both children’s and adult services, with the closing date for entries on 19 July Entries are now open for the 2019 Social Worker of the Year Awards, recognising social workers in England that have made an exceptional difference to the lives of people they support. There are [...]

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

Freedom Fostering Update | April 2019

We've been busy over the past few months helping the local community to become more aware of fostering, and the need for foster carers in Wolverhampton and the West Midlands. Everyone who has met Jade will know that she's been working full steam ahead to get the Social Work Team out and about within the [...]

By | April 5th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Staying Safe Online

When I fostered fourteen year old Stevie, whose story I tell in Finding Stevie, I had a sharp learning in curve in how to keep young people safe online. I learnt a lot and so did Stevie, unfortunately the hard way. The advantages of the internet cannot be overstated – communication, socialising,  easy access to information and [...]

By | April 5th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

What the official statistics don’t tell us about the experiences of care leavers

Official government statistics on care leavers tend to focus on areas such as education, employment and accommodation but do we actually know how young people leaving care feel about their lives? Are they happy and safe? Do they feel positive about the future? Do they feel they have been prepared and supported to move successfully [...]

By | April 2nd, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

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