Care System

This Piecemeal Review Of The Care System Is Not The Answer Children Need

Chloe Cockett | Posted 17.07.2017 | UK Politics
Chloe Cockett

Over the past six years, we have seen a piecemeal approach to reviewing different parts of the care system. It began with a focus on adoption, and the appointment of a Ministerial Adviser on Adoption. That was followed by the Narey independent review of residential care. Now we have the Fostering Stocktake - a review into foster care.

Ten Things Carers Can Do To Prepare Care Experienced Young People For Independence

Chloe Cockett | Posted 06.06.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Chloe Cockett

Young people leaving care are much more likely to be living independently at a far younger age than their peers. Not because they want to, but because they are forced to. Because they've not always got the support that allows them to stay in a familial home for as long they need, they've only got it for as long as it is legally obligated.

Let's Talk About Children In Care This General Election

Chloe Cockett | Posted 01.05.2017 | UK Politics
Chloe Cockett

Children in care face bigger issues than the type of school they attend - their achievement, or lack of in comparison to their peers, is rooted in bigger issues, like moving to new houses on a regular basis, moving family, and moving school many more times than the average child.

What's The Big Vision For Care For Older and Disabled People?

Stephen Burke | Posted 28.03.2017 | UK Politics
Stephen Burke

Council tax bills have landed on doormats and across the country most households face higher charges to pay for care for older and disabled people.

If You're Old Or Disabled, You Will Have To Keep Waiting For Better Care

Stephen Burke | Posted 09.03.2017 | UK Politics
Stephen Burke

The government has recognised that care is in crisis. The Budget has provided some more 'sticking plaster' emergency funding for care via local authorities. How that £2 billion will be distributed and used over the next three years remains to be seen.

Young People In Care Need To Have Their Stories Heard

Jenny Molloy | Posted 24.01.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Jenny Molloy

I was always writing when I was growing up in care. Not just creative writing, but also writing lots of letters to my social workers and to charities about my situation and what should be happening. I believe that all children in care want to write their story. It gives back some form of control, as when you're in care everything is written about you in your social services file which you don't always see. This builds a drive within to get our stories heard.

Corporate Parenting: What Can The Westminster Government Do Better?

Chloe Cockett | Posted 14.12.2016 | UK Politics
Chloe Cockett

About three years ago, I went to an awards event at a local authority. There were local councillors there, including the cabinet member with responsibility for looked after children and care leavers. That cabinet member stood up and said to the care leavers there that the councillors were their corporate parents.

Children's Services And The Need For A Defence Of History In The Age Of Innovation

Jonathan Stanley | Posted 09.12.2016 | UK
Jonathan Stanley

There is still time for the Government to reconsider the professional and financial ramifications, and even more importantly, the ramifications for the children and young people we care for, who need, and have always needed the secure emotional base provided by safe, stable, careful, committed and reflective professional care.

What Children Living in Foster Care Want From Their Foster Families

Kevin Williams | Posted 16.05.2017 | UK
Kevin Williams

Tonight, 64,000 children across the UK will go to sleep in the safety and security of the loving home of a family who have made the commitment to foster - and The Fostering Network's Foster Care Fortnight is a unique opportunity to celebrate those 55,000 foster families who make this possible.

Education, Much More Than Box Ticking

Kevin Williams | Posted 08.12.2016 | UK
Kevin Williams

Educational outcomes are easy to analyse, put in tables, and condemn and congratulate people for - but all too often it is forgotten that the focus of education should be on the child, on their needs, their wishes, and their aspirations.

We Can't Start Picking and Choosing Which Children Have Human Rights

Peter Grigg | Posted 02.10.2016 | UK Politics
Peter Grigg

Today marks 15 years of the UK's Human Rights Act. But despite this important anniversary, the future of this vital safety net for vulnerable children is uncertain.

Will Today's Radical Overhaul of Social Care Make Life Better for Disabled People?

Richard Hawkes | Posted 31.05.2015 | UK Politics
Richard Hawkes

Today, sweeping changes to the care system - the biggest for more than 50 years - come into force. I welcome many of the reforms. However, the new Care Act can only go so far. Because three big issues sit behind it. The first is that, currently, not everyone who needs care gets it.

Lucy Sherriff

Vulnerable Youths Are Kicked Out Of Care Homes When They're 18. Here's Why That Needs To Change.

HuffingtonPost.com | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 17.02.2015 | UK Universities & Education

At the moment, vulnerable teenagers are kicked out of care homes shortly after their 18th birthday, regardless of their emotional or mental wellbeing....

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

Javed Khan | Posted 02.09.2014 | 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.