foster care

Improving the quality of care in Scotland: an overview of Care Commission findings 2002 to 2010

The Care Commission began operating in April 2002 and this report presents what has been learned over the eight years of regulating care services in Scotland. It sets out the context for the Care Commission's work, examines the impact its regulation work has had on outcomes for the people who use care services, and makes strong statements about where the care sector needs to improve.

Regional child care commissioning: opportunities to improve outcomes and make savings

Presentation by Karen Nowland, Regional Child Care Commissioning Officer, Renfrewshire Council, at the Working Together to Meet the Financial and Reform Agenda Challenges event, held on Tuesday 11 January 2011 in Edinburgh.

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.

Looked-after children: third report of session 2008-09: volume II: oral and written evidence

Provides the detailed oral and written evidence presented to the Children, Schools and Families Select Committee session on looked after children. The session aimed to investigate the performance of the care system in England, consider whether the Governments proposals for reform were soundly based, and to find out whether the Care Matters programme would be effective in helping looked after children. A summary of the findings are provided in Volume I.

Fostering services: national minimum standards - fostering services regulations

Document laying out the regulations and national minimum standards which apply to fostering services.

These regulations and standards form the basis of the new regulatory framework under the Care Standards Act 2000 for the conduct of fostering services. Includes a statement on the relationship with the UK National Standards for Foster Care produced in 1999.

Looked-after children: third report of session 2008-09: volume I: report, together with formal minutes

Presents the findings of the Children, Schools and Families Select Committee which aimed to investigate the performance of the care system in England, consider whether the Governments proposals for reform were soundly based, and to find out whether the Care Matters programme would be effective in helping looked after children.