foster children

Inspection of local authority fostering services and independent fostering agencies: consultation document

Consultation document on proposals for a revised framework for the inspection of local authority fostering services and independent fostering agencies.

Aspirations three years on: the views of young people who are fostered and their carers

Study that focused on young people’s experiences of being fostered and their foster carers’ assessment of factors that contribute to these experiences. It looked in detail at a range of specific areas covering their health and wellbeing; education and participation outcomes; their involvement in activities; their life skills; and their connections with past and present family and friends.

Child Welfare and Technology Spring 2011: CW360º - a comprehensive look at a prevalent child welfare issue

Spring issue of the Child Welfare and Technology journal, which explores child welfare and technology, ranging from information communication technology and social media to data integration and gadgets. It addresses the challenges faced and successes celebrated.

Maltreatment and allegations of maltreatment in foster care. A review of the evidence

Review conducted by the University of York, in partnership with The Fostering Network, and funded by The Nuffield Foundation. It draws together the research evidence that exists both on allegations of abuse and confirmed maltreatment and considers the implications of this rather limited body of evidence.

Bursting at the seams: impact on fostering services of the rise of children going into care 2009-10

Since the tragic case of Baby Peter’s death came to public attention in late 2008 the care system has seen an unprecedented rise in the number of children, particularly those needing foster placements. This rise is the result of a number of possible factors, including the debate on thresholds following this case and a recent legal clarification of the law known as the Southwark Judgement.

Managing contact for children outside of parental care

Podcast of a talk by Robin Sen from the Glasgow School of Social Work on the subject of managing contact for children outside of parental care, and the challenges and possibilities involved.

Forgotten voices: thoughts, ideas and feelings

A guidance leaflet on how to prepare for fostering. It is mainly composed of quotation from young people who have experienced fostering.

Independent Foster Care: Predators, pioneers or partners?

Foster care in the UK, especially in England is no longer an exclusively independent public sector activity. Around 20% of UK children are placed with foster carers attached to no-governmental foster agencies. Dr Clive Sellick, University of East Anglia. Glasgow School of Social Work Research Seminar Series.