Monthly Archives: March 2019


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