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More than 60 residential care establishments for youngsters are being investigated by the team working on Scotland's national child abuse inquiry, its chairwoman has said. They are among more than 100 locations where the abuse of children is alleged to have taken place, Lady Smith announced. Boarding schools, institutions run…
The UK’s fostering system is under ‘unsustainable strain’ and is being held together by the goodwill and commitment of thousands of dedicated foster carers, The Fostering Network is warning today. This risks undoing the hard-won improvements in raising the aspirations and achievements of fostered children, undermining the terms, conditions and…
The Department of Health published a statistical bulletin summarising information on care leavers in the north of Ireland who left care during the year ending 31 March 2016. Care Leavers Aged 16–18 some two thirds (67%) of care leavers aged 16-18 had GCSEs or other qualifications. The proportion of care…
A family and friends foster carer who took on three vulnerable children after their mother was unable to care for them, failed to get council support for the arrangement for six years. Now, following an investigation by the Local Government Ombudsman (LGO), LB Tower Hamlets has been asked to provide…
Many inspirational figures in popular culture – from Harry Potter to Superman – were fostered, adopted or institutionalised as youngsters. Wider recognition of this could help to dispel prejudice against children in care, claimed poet, dramatist, broadcaster and activist Lemn Sissay when he launched a major student conference at the…
Mental health checks for children entering the care system are to be trialled in the face of calls by peers for assessments, the Government has announced. Education minister Lord Nash revealed the plans to run up to 10 pilots next year, at the third reading of the Children and Social…
The number of unaccompanied asylum-seeking children being looked after in England has jumped by more than half in the space of a year. A total of 4,210 children claiming asylum in the UK were reported as being in the care of local authorities as of March 31 2016. This was…
Nicola Sturgeon has pledged to listen to 1,000 young people as part of a project to improve the lives of children in care. The First Minister met with young people at the charity Who Cares? Scotland in Glasgow on Monday to launch the 1,000 voices manifesto. The manifesto aims to…
Only three in 100 children in care in England receive the independent support they may legally be entitled to. If it is in their interests, every child in the country has the right to an adult mentor who visits, befriends and advises them. But a study by Barnardo's and the…
Young people with a background in care have taken part in a summer school at Cardiff University, helping to give them a taste of life as a student. Twenty participants took part in the two-day Confident Futures Summer School which saw the students immerse themselves in university life. During their…
The Department for Education have published an evaluation of a programme for young people with challenging behaviours in the care system. 'Better by Design: a report for Achieving for Children' examines the: potential of the ‘Better by Design’ approach importance of a clear referral system need to support children at…
The Prime Minister and Secretary of State for Education asked Sir Martin Narey to review children’s residential care in England. Sir Martin’s report ' Residential care in England' looks at the role of residential care within the wider care system and recommends how to improve the outcomes of children in…
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