Care System

'Home Is Where the Hurt Is' for Care Leavers at Risk of Homelessness

Javed Khan | Posted 03.07.2014 | UK
Javed Khan

The world can feel like a scary place for any young person striding out on their own for the first time. Thrust into a world of greatly increased responsibility, the transition to adulthood is a challenging time. For most young people there is a support network to help them through this period. They fall back on the support of their family and friends; they learn and adapt. However, for young people leaving the care system this support is sadly often limited or non-existent. All too frequently they are left to fend for themselves without the necessary skills or even a suitable place to live.

Social Pedagogy Comes to the UK

Dominic Stevenson | Posted 03.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Dominic Stevenson

Social pedagogy is an incredibly common education and social care practise in continental Europe and the Fostering Network has launched a ground breaking programme to bring it to the UK.

We All Need Help Finding Good Care

Andrea Sutcliffe | Posted 22.12.2012 | UK
Andrea Sutcliffe

I am confident that Find Me Good Care will also be helpful for people who provide services, because they will have feedback from their customers. That feedback will help Find Me Good Care to play its part in improving care and support services.

What Are Our Children's Homes for? What Do We Want Them to Do?

Jonathan Stanley | Posted 10.12.2012 | UK Politics
Jonathan Stanley

In every children's homes placement, there are many human factors to consider. Decisions as to how to meet the needs of the young people require experience, knowledge, training and know-how. Looked after children and children's homes deserve the support of their corporate parents, including you and me, engaging in complex public discussion rather than simplistic sensationalism.

'Shocking And Degrading': How One Local Authority Failed Two Brothers In Care

Posted 25.06.2012 | UK

Two teenage brothers who have spent nearly all the lives in care could win damages after a High Court ruled that a local authority allowed them to be ...

Foster Care Reforms Needed Alongside Focus On Adoption

Matthew Oakley | Posted 23.07.2012 | UK
Matthew Oakley

The last few weeks have seen a renewed focus from the Government on the system of care for children in England and Wales and, specifically, an attempt to fundamentally reform the adoption system.

We Desperately Need to Find New Foster Families

Nicola Roberts | Posted 16.03.2012 | UK
Nicola Roberts

Every child needs a home, someone who understands them and, like every other child in this country, they need someone to look after them. I often leave my Barnardo's visits shaking my head because no young person should have to deal with what these kids deal with. It breaks my heart when I hear their stories. If for even a second when reading this you've thought about it then please get in touch.

Fog at London's Finborough Theatre Shines a Light on Broken Families and Child Abuse in Britain's Care System

Martin Newman | Posted 12.03.2012 | Home
Martin Newman

The Finborough Theatre's Fog, about a returned serviceman's attempts to reunite his family after leaving his kids in care for a decade where they were abused, is harrowing. But it is a very matter-o-fact kind of harrowing.