Young people surveyed about care experiences

Young people leaving care will be asked for their views on their experiences in a survey being sent to local authorities. Coram Voice, who advocate on behalf of children who are in or leaving care, have linked with the University of Bristol to develop the survey based on a literature review of care leavers’ views […]

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Tri-borough arrangement “to continue for adoption and fostering services”

Three London councils will continue to operate a shared service for adoption and fostering once partnership arrangements for children’s services come to an end in six months’ time, it has emerged.  Hammersmith & Fulham, Kensington and Chelsea, and Westminster have run joint provision across children’s services, adult social care, and public health since June 2011, […]

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Nursery groups on expansion drive

Altrincham-based nursery operator L&G Childcare, which currently owns two nurseries in the North West, has acquired Bungalow Day Nursery in Denton with the help of £200,000 funding from Santander Business Banking. The family-owned business has operated nurseries for over 12 years, employs over 30 members of staff and looks after over 120 children. L&G Childcare […]

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CQC finds dentistry to be offering low risk, high quality care

The latest Care Quality Commission (CQC) State of Care report has found that 88% of dental practices are meeting regulations. The report found 111 dental practices (10% of those inspected) ‘required action’, and the CQC took enforcement action against 2% of those inspected (22 practices). It also found that 100% of the practices inspected had met the tests for […]

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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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