During the Care Inquiry, we heard from over 100 children and young people about their experiences of being in care, and how the system could be improved.
By Dom-tFN on April 30th, 2013
Welcome to the new format for Attracting and Keeping Carers!
By James Foyle on April 15th, 2013
I am often asked if it is better to foster for the local authority (LA) or an independent fostering agency. Once upon a time there were no independent agencies and all children who came into care were placed ‘in house’, that is, with a foster carer recruited by the local authority. For various reasons the LAs couldn’t match supply with demand - they couldn’t recruit or keep enough foster carers to look after all the children they were bringing into care so independent agencies sprang up to take up the shortfall.
By Cathy Glass on March 26th, 2013
A quick note about why that CAPTCHA test is now required to log in: On Friday afternoon I noticed that we were getting more failed login attempts than is normal. Rather than it being a simple-yet-unusual coincidence, we deduced that it was an automated script (read: robot) that was trying to gain access.
By Kieran McGuire on March 13th, 2013
“We are what we eat”. That is to say, the food we eat is absorbed by our bodies and therefore becomes part of us. But it is not only our bodies and our physical health that is affected by what we eat, but also our brains and central nervous system. While researching my book Happy Mealtimes For Kids, I learnt a lot. I thought I might share some of this with you.
By Cathy Glass on February 13th, 2013
Foster carers look after some of the UK’s most vulnerable children. They have to have strength of character and love in their heart to do so, but fostering is also about having real skills to look after these children. The skills that are needed evolve over time, and foster carers need to work extremely hard at developing their knowledge in areas that they may never have come across before so that they can tackle new issues with confidence.
By Dom-tFN on February 5th, 2013
When I was growing up the average person had never heard of ADHD, autism, Asperger's syndrome, bipolar disorder, attachment disorder, conduct disorder, oppositional defiant disorder, development delay, specific learning difficulties, or any of the conditions which now seem to be endemic in our children.
By Cathy Glass on January 29th, 2013