Foster care – agenda for change…

Today there are about 64,500 children being Looked After by local authorities in the United Kingdom.

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Photo courtesy of ©iStockphoto/AlexRaths

Some of these will be “in care” for short periods, whilst families push through their problems and the children can return home.

For some, their stay in the care system will be a lot longer.

Sadly, for a significant minority, local authority care will be permanent.

Why these kids need foster families…

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Looked After children – safe on social media?…

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“He’s writing horrible things about me on Facebook…”

Sound familiar? I’ve spoken to two people recently who’ve had problems with children they look after being exposed to problems on Facebook.

Like any platform for communicating and sharing, Facebook is brilliant, but it has its perils.

This can be particularly acute when relationships are already a problem and where contact is limited. Like when children are in the care system or being looked after by kinship carers.

We are pretty hot on keeping our kids safe on the roads, from strangers, etc. But how about online?

Social media: keep the good, avoid the bad…

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Adoption: YET MORE tips for the curious…

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Wow – what started as a quick list has become 3 not-so-quick blog posts!

After the first and second posts on this subject, I had a growing number of responses via LinkedIn, offering more and more advice – some of it really good. So I thought that I would continue to share these here.

I haven’t quoted the commenters verbatim, or credited them, as I haven’t had their permission to do so (though I did ask).

Yet even more good advice for those considering adoption…

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Adoption: MORE tips for the curious…

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After the first post on this subject, I had a number of responses via LinkedIn, offering other bits of advice. So I thought that I would share the essence of these here.

I haven’t quoted the commenters verbatim, or credited them, as I haven’t got their explicit permission to do so (though I did ask).

There are some real crackers here from those working and living on the front line of adoption practice:

More good advice for those considering adoption…

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Looked After Children & Youth Justice…

YOT inspection report

Looked After Children: An inspection of the work of Youth Offending Teams with children and young people who are looked after and placed away from home. Click here for the full report.