How one council is making children-in-care profiles focus on needs not risks

A sponsored feature from Norfolk County Council in this recently published Community Care release raises some interesting ideas. Edward Wong, head of localities at Norfolk County Council, says: “Placement profiles can be too focused on presenting risks.” Norfolk is one of several councils that are working with the social care consultancy iMPOWER to develop Valuing... Continue Reading →

Further cuts to children’s services

Another body of councils has warned that further cuts are to come for children's services, this time the County Councils Network. CYP Now reports that all 36 county councils and unitary authorities expect to make cuts totalling £918 million, including to early years and youth services, and departments of children's services. Read the full piece... Continue Reading →

Scholarships for care leavers or young people estranged from their family

https://twitter.com/TheCareKid/status/1004591155529633792 No rent, no bills, 365 days a year for 3 years.   The Unite Foundation provides scholarship opportunities for young people aged 25 years or under who are care leavers or are estranged from their family. Taking care of a place for the young person to live whilst they’re at university and leaving them free to... Continue Reading →

Budget 2017: councils react to no extra children’s services funding – LGA

Read the Local Government Association (LGA) response to lack of additional children's services funding in #Budget2017 at: Budget 2017: councils react to no extra children's services funding 'We’ve reached a tipping point where this service can no longer be ignored. It is absolutely crucial that the forthcoming Local Government Finance Settlement addresses this funding gap' - LGA. ... Continue Reading →

DfE figures reveal massive variation in children’s social work caseloads | Children & Young People Now

Average social work caseloads vary by as many as 43 cases in different parts of England, new statistics published for the first time today show. Annual workforce statistics produced by the Department for Education have for the first time included detail on average children's social work caseloads in each of the 152 local authorities. While... Continue Reading →

£400m fostering services merger faces investigation

A merger between two private firms - Acorn Care Education Group and the National Fostering Agency Group (among the largest providers of foster placement services to councils in England, Scotland and Wales), is to be investigated due to concerns it has created a monopoly. Following an initial investigation, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has announced it will proceed... Continue Reading →

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