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Following Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police Sir Peter Fahy’s comments on whether police officers were the best professionals to deal with young people who repeatedly go missing, BASW England Manager Maris Stratulis is insistent the responsibility must be shared between agencies. Speaking to the BBC, BASW England Manager Maris…
A Scottish Minister has urged councils to do more to support children in care while they are at school, a recent Herald article reports. The call from Alasdair Allan, the Minister for Learning, comes after figures showed councils failing to provide for children who grow up with foster families or…
The University of Strathclyde will further strengthen its support for young people in, and leaving, the care system with the launch of a new mentoring scheme. The scheme is part of the University’s commitment to widening access to its courses and services to as many people as possible. The mentoring…
The Centre For Excellence for Looked after Children In Scotland (CELCIS) have annouced the appointment of Dr Melissa Van Dyke as their new National Expert Advisor on Implementation. Melissa joins CELCIS from the National Implementation Research Network at University of North Carolina. She will be working across key areas of…
A review into why children in care are more likely to end up in the criminal justice system has been launched, aimed at stopping the "depressing route from care to custody". Children in care aged between 10 and 17 are more than five times as likely to end up in…
New figures released this week show the attainment of looked after young people at school has significantly improved over the last three years. The statistics show the number of looked after children gaining a qualification at SCQF level 4 or better has gone up and the attainment gap between them…
Robert Gordon University (RGU) has been awarded the Buttle UK Quality Mark for a further two years for its continued work to widen access to higher education for care leavers. Buttle UK, the largest grant-giving organisation in the country that directly supports children and families living in poverty, awards the…
Who Cares? Scotland has announced it will host the first Care 4 Culture Café at this year’s Refugee Festival Scotland. The event will be a celebration of cultural diversity, bringing together young people from around the world with a shared experience of being in care. The event will unite young…
High profile child sexual exploitation campaigner Sarah Champion has visited Sheffield Hallam University to help mark the launch of a new social work course which looks at how social workers' practice and performance impacts on permanent placements for young people. In conjunction with the British Association for Adoption and Fostering…
The Department of Health has issued new statutory guidance aiming to ensure looked-after children have access to any physical or mental health care they may need. Statutory guidance is issued by law; you must follow it unless there’s a good reason not to. This document replaces statutory guidance on ‘Promoting…
More needs to be done to repair families instead of rescuing children and putting them into care, Health and Social Services Minister Mark Drakeford has said at a looked after children conference. Addressing the conference in Powys yesterday, the Minister said the system needs to be rebalanced so the focus…
Seven local authorities have been announced by Education Secretary Angela Constance as the first recipients of funding from the £100 million Attainment Scotland Fund. Glasgow, Dundee, Inverclyde, West Dunbartonshire, North Ayrshire, Clackmannanshire and North Lanarkshire are the first beneficiaries of the fund, which was announced last week by the First…
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