Foster care

MPs call for establishment of national fostering college MPs are calling on the government to set up a national college for fostering to address concerns that carers feel undermined, undervalued and lack support. The House of Commons education select committee has made the recommendation in its first report from its inquiry into foster care, after […]

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Self-help app aiming to support mental health

Self-help app aiming to support mental health Businesses and employees struggling with mental health issues are being offered support from My Possible Self, a digital app-based self-help programme. The innovative new app uses content from the Black Dog Institute in Australia, which is clinically proven to reduce stress, anxiety and mild-to-moderate depression in eight weeks. […]

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Nursery news

Nyehome day nursery in Nantwich taken over by Elmscot Group Nyehome Day Nursery School in Nantwich has been taken over by the Elmscot Group of Day Nurseries, Nursery Schools and out-of-school Clubs. The home under the new Altrincham-based owners will now be known as Elmscot Day Nursery and Nursery School, on Barony Court. It is the […]

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Social care news

Half of large care home providers have at least one in four failing homes Half of England’s large care home providers for the elderly have at least one in four failing homes in their network, a study has found. Analysis of Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspection results showed that some of the 54 providers operating at […]

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Call for national foster care recruitment drive

The government should establish a national campaign to attract foster carers in a bid to tackle the current shortage, the president of the Association of Directors of Children’s Services (ADCS) has said. Giving evidence before the education select committee, which is currently holding an inquiry into fostering, Alison Michalska said more needs to be done […]

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Ombudsman criticises EHC plan shortcomings

Councils need to do better at delivering education, health and care (EHC) plans for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has warned. A report by the ombudsman into the first 100 complaints it has received about children’s EHC plans found that families were experiencing delays and a range of issues, […]

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Three myths about being in foster care

I had been in and out of care since I was two years old. My mother was a heroin user. I finally went into full time foster care at the age of nine after my mother passed away. I remember so well the day I waited at my carers’ house to go to meet my […]

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New owner for Chepstow care home

A residential home in Chepstow has been bought by new entrants to the care market in a deal brokered by property advisory firm Christie & Co. The Castle Court Residential Home provides accommodation over four floors and is registered to accommodate 25 elderly residents in 24 bedrooms, of which 19 have their own en suite […]

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Nursery World Awards 2017 – Nursery of the Year

Chief judge Wendy Scott says: All five shortlisted nurseries offer thoughtful, responsive and stimulating care and learning. All have at their heart the welfare of the families they serve, and are committed to work in principled ways within their particular environments. They make the most of opportunities to share their ideas and experience, and work […]

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DH opens £15m fund for mental health crisis care

The Department of Health has announced a new £15m fund to help people in danger of having a mental health crisis. The ‘Beyond Places of Safety’ scheme plans to focus on helping people in the lead-up to potential mental health incidents, in order to ensure the safest possible environment. It will also aim to develop […]

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Book celebrates achievements of people with learning disabilities

Crowdfunded essays will showcase careers of learning disabled people in film, theatre, television, music, art and campaigning. My youngest sister has a talent for baking, an ambition to see her artwork widely displayed, an infectious giggle and the learning disability fragile X syndrome. Characteristics, abilities and aspirations come first, diagnosis and lifelong support needs second. […]

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Adult social care news

Welsh health secretary “open to social care tax” A social care levy could be funded via the Welsh Government’s new tax-varying powers, with Wales’ health secretary saying he is “open to the idea”. Vaughan Gething said the current system “isn’t going to offer the quality and dignity of care that all of us want” as […]

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£20 million fund to make children’s services work more closely together

Local authorities will be expected to work together in ‘Regional Improvement Alliances’ under new plans announced by the government. Children’s minister Robert Goodwill announced that up to £20 million would be spent on two schemes to improve local authority children’s services. In ‘Regional Improvement Alliances’, neighbouring local authorities would challenge each other on standards, agree […]

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Councils charge foster families for “free” school transport

Foster families around the country are being forced to pay for what should be free school transport – but councils will now be warned against the practice. The local government and social care ombudsman (LGO) recently discovered Warwickshire County Council had told foster carers to pay for transport out of their fostering allowance when children […]

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Adelphi acquired by Regard

Adelphi Care Services, which provides services to adults with learning disabilities, autism and challenging behaviour, has become part of the Regard Group, the UK’s fourth biggest specialist care provider.  Read more – Careinfo.org Company to open care homes “every couple of years” after £26m finance injection A care home company says it intends to open a […]

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