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.
This report was produced in 2002 by the Chapin Hall Center for Children, based at the University of Chicago. It provides data on patterns of employment and the levels of earnings of youths leaving foster care in the year they become eighteen. The study was concentrated on youth from Carolina and Illinois. Comparisons are made with other youths of similar age from low income families and with those who are reunited with their parents before they are eighteen.
Report inquiring into the age range of the foster care workforce in the UK to try to establish whether there are any immediate concerns for the future provision of foster care.
Summary of seven standards developed to support and guide foster carers from approval through their first two years of service.
Report that stresses how vital it is for the authorities to co-operate to help trafficked children get access to their rights and entitlements, as well as certainty about their immigration status, in order to move forward after escaping the exploitative situation. It aims to provide a wake-up call to teachers, social workers, third sector organisations and the police.
For a variety of reasons, some children and young people can’t live with their parents. When parents aren’t able to look after a child, the local authority has a legal responsibility to do so. It will find somewhere for the young person to live and someone to look after them. When this happens, the child is said to be “in care” or being “looked after”.
Report presenting the findings of a study of parental experiences of the special educational needs (SEN) assessment, statementing and Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal (SENDIST) system. The goal was to gain a greater insight into perceived problems with SEN provision and to identify those factors which make the system work well for some parents and not others.
Website of the Scottish Adoption Association, a charity which provides information, counselling and support for anybody who has adopted, been adopted or is interested in adoption.
These standards were developed to improve the quality of care and service for those in foster care. The standards cover the following activities: recruiting, selecting, approving, training and supporting foster carers; matching children and young people with foster carers; supporting and monitoring foster carers; and the work of agency fostering panels and other approval panels. The standards do not apply to the services provided directly by foster carers themselves.
Publication reviewing examples of both innovative and established fostering practice in the UK with a view to encouraging all who work in the field to reflect on their own practice.