Mental health support ‘urgently needed’ for care leavers

September 18, 2017 1 comment

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As many as two thirds of care leavers with mental health issues are not receiving any help, a charity has claimed. Research from Barnardo’s suggests that out of the 26,340 care leavers in England, nearly half may be suffering from mental health problems. In a recently published report, the charity also claims that as many…

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Free accommodation for care leavers attending university

May 23, 2017 0 comments

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Care leavers attending university can now apply for free accommodation as applications for an extended higher education scholarship open. A total of 70 slots are available for available to care leavers under the age of 25 who will be attending university at one of 28 participating establishments over the next academic year. Previously only ten…

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A difficult decision, an expensive row, and more

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March 10, 2017 0 comments

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A week in family law The government has dropped controversial plans to allow councils to apply for exemptions from children’s social care law, the Department for Education has confirmed. The plans would have allowed local authorities to seek exemptions from statutory duties on child protection for up to six years, to allow them to test…

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More children staying on with fewer foster carers

March 3, 2017 0 comments

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The majority of children living with foster carers now ‘stay put’ past their 18th birthdays, new figures reveal. The option for ‘looked after’ children to stay on with foster carers up to the age of 21 was introduced in the Children and Families Act 2014, to help such children better prepare for adult life. Local…

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London Borough under fire from Ofsted

December 13, 2016 0 comments

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The London Borough of Havering in East London is guilty of “widespread failures” Ofsted has declared. Following a single visit, the inspectorate concluded that the borough’s children’s service work required “improvement”, while its work with care leavers was “inadequate” and of particular concern. The Borough had still not made improvements recommended by Ofsted as long…

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£10 million in new funding for care leavers

November 2, 2016 0 comments

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Around £10 million will be made available to care leavers over the next five years, a charitable organisation has announced. The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation distributes grants intended to improve social welfare and the quality of life. It was established in 1961 by city investor Bruce Fairbairn in honour of his late wife. In a new…

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Care leaver charities to merge

October 30, 2016 0 comments

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Two of the largest charities to support care leavers have announced plans to merge. The Rees Foundation provides a variety of support and services to young people leaving the care system, many of whom remain vulnerable without the support of families or relatives.  The self-explanatory Care Leavers Foundation undertakes similar work, including the provision of…

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Drop in bed and breakfast use for care leavers hailed by charity

October 28, 2016 1 comment

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The use of bed and breakfast accommodation for care leavers has fallen by nearly 300 in two years, Barnardos has reported. The children’s charity polled all 152 councils across England under the Freedom of Information Act. In total, the respondents reported placing 525 children in bed and breakfast accommodation across 2016. In 2014, by contrast,…

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Care leavers ‘receive no financial education’

September 18, 2016 0 comments

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Many young people who leave the care of their local authority struggle with finances due to a lack of education, new research suggests. According to a recently published report from The Children’s Society, as many as 4,000 benefit sanctions have been applied to care leavers over the last two years. This significantly increases the likelihood…

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