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A woman killed by her 13-year-old foster child was a kind and caring person who had an affinity with children, her husband has told an inquiry. Dawn McKenzie, 34, was stabbed by the teenager she and her husband Bryan were looking after at their home in Hamilton, South Lanarkshire, in…
A new strategy to raise the ambitions and educational attainment of children who are looked after in Wales has been unveiled by the Welsh Government. Launched by the Minister for Education and Skills, Huw Lewis and the Minister for Health and Social Services, Mark Drakeford, it sets out proposed arrangements…
The number of children in care has risen to its highest level for nearly 25 years following the death of Baby P and a spate of child sex exploitation scandals, the Government's spending watchdog has said. Some 68,110 children were being looked after by local authorities in England at the…
The Care Council for Wales (CCW) is once again hosting a series of seminars aimed at residential child care workers. This year’s seminars will take place in Cardiff and St. Asaph in November and December and will build on the successful seminars held last year. Delegates will have the opportunity…
In March 2015, the Children and Young People Act (Scotland) 2014 will make the future chances for looked after young people better in several ways. Not only does this Act make sure that Corporate Parents support looked after young people in the best way possible, but it also ensures that…
Newly appointed Health Minister Jim Wells has launched the third report of the ‘Our Life in Care’ survey, which captures the views of 8-18 year olds living in care. Speaking at the launch at the NICVA, Belfast, the Minister said: “I am very pleased that one of my first duties…
An article examined comparative outcomes for looked-after children placed in kin and non-kin care in the United Kingdom. It said that stability was achieved more commonly through kin placements, although the inherent familiarity within the setting could undermine aspects of care quality, such as through problematic parental contact or problems…
Thursday, 13 Mar, 2014

Call for papers for CELCIS 2014

The Centre for Excellence for Looked After Children in Scotland (CELCIS) is inviting practitioners, academics, policy makers and others working with looked after children to submit a proposal for a workshop or parallel session. Last year’s conference attracted over 180 delegates from areas including policy development and implementation, research and…
Chair of the all-party group on looked-after children David Melding hit out at admission there was no 'specific guidance' on issue A lack of guidance to promote the co-placement of siblings in care or even at the same school is “disturbing” and risks damaging looked-after children, the chair of the…
Hundreds of Scotland’s most vulnerable young people are to be given greater rights to continuing their care placement into early adulthood from next year, the Scottish Government has announced. From April 2015, teenagers in residential, foster or kinship care who turn 16 will be entitled to remain looked after until…
A rise in the number of relatives applying to give foster care to vulnerable children in Northern Ireland has left official services stretched. Between 2009 and 2011 the volume of applications from other family members stepping forward to help young people in state care increased by just over 50%. That…
Youngsters who have been in care are calling on MSPs to grant their Christmas wishes and make a number of key promises to those leaving the care system. They want politicians to promise that all those leaving care will be in control of their lives, but will be able to…
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