Government considers unaccompanied refugee children

November 7, 2017 1 comment

children in care

The government has announced a new strategy for dealing with unaccompanied refugee children. In a joint initiative by the Home Office and the Department for Education, specialist training will be made available for around 1,000 social workers and foster carers around the country, designed to help them deal with the challenges posed by often traumatised…

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Adoption, child support, divorce and more

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August 11, 2017 1 comment

family law

A week in family law Over £52 million has now been released through the Adoption Support Fund, which has helped 22,000 children, the Department for Education has announced. The fund, which was launched across England in May 2015, has reached almost 18,000 homes, providing “much-needed emotional support”. Announcing the success of the fund, Minister for…

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Social workers struggle with suspected radicalisation

August 10, 2017 1 comment

family law

Many social workers lack confidence when confronted with young people who have been radicalised, or who are at risk of becoming so. A study commissioned by the Department for Education highlighted the uncertainty of many childcare professionals faced with this issue, with a significant number of respondents saying they felt they lacked the necessary training….

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Foster carer recruitment crisis

July 24, 2017 0 comments

fostering and adoption

The government has failed to tackle a growing recruitment crisis in foster care according to new findings. An official Department for Education assessment of the system highlights the increasingly difficulty faced by the sector in recruiting high quality foster carers. Most are aged over 50 and a proportion are lost each year to retirement. The…

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Free childcare providers ‘losing money’

July 19, 2017 0 comments

family law

A majority of the nurseries participating in a pilot childcare scheme have reported a dip in profits. Parents of three and four year-old children in England will become entitled to 30 hours of free childcare from September, twice the current amount, with the extra time funded by the government. The amount of funding has been…

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Mentoring support for vulnerable families

July 18, 2017 0 comments

family life

A mentoring scheme developed in the United States has proved to be an effective inexpensive way to help families in need, a report has concluded. The charity Safe Families for Children UK has already received £2 million in government funding for its work with families with crisis. Volunteers with the scheme provide social support and…

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Government to assess foster care

April 26, 2017 1 comment

children in care

The Department for Education has launched a formal consultation on the future of foster care. Government advisors Sir Martin Narey and Mark Owers will conduct a ‘national fostering stocktake’, examining the role of foster carers, best practice in the care system and the experiences of looked after children. Interested parties have been invited to submit…

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Mental health tests for children entering care delayed

April 25, 2017 1 comment

social work

Plans to routinely assess the mental health of children entering the care system have been delayed. Pilot schemes were due to start next month in ten areas but the plans are now on hold, the Department for Education has announced, pending the results of the snap general election. The scheme would have seen mental health…

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Government to spend £100 million on childcare places

April 12, 2017 0 comments

childcare

A government fund to help to nurseries and similar organisations upgrade their facilities will be doubled to £100 million, the Department for Education has announced. In January the Department for Education announced that £50 million which would be made available to organisations providing early years education, such as playgroups, daycare centres and nurseries, to upgrade…

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Demand for 30-hour childcare pilot exceeds expectations

April 4, 2017 0 comments

family law

The number of parents who want to take advantage of a pilot scheme offering 30 hours of free childcare per week is higher than expected. The scheme is available to parents of three and four year-olds. The pilot is currently running in eight areas before a national roll-out which is expected to begin in September….

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