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Looked-after pupils denied right to choice of school (Tes News)

4th June 2018
Almost half of looked-after children are being denied their right to their first choice school, TES reports. The statutory admissions code says schools must give pupils in local authority care 't...

Children in care being ‘pinged’ around schools and homes, says report (The Guardian)

4th June 2018
Thousands of children are being shifted around the care system and between schools, putting them at risk of being excluded, groomed and recruited into gangs, the Guardian reports. Find out more: Th...

New Regional Adoption Agencies announced alongside help to speed up matching process

23rd March 2018
Five new Regional Adoption Agencies  – RAAs – have been granted £3.4 million as part of the government’s strategy to create an adoption system with faster matching, so children are placed with...

LGBT Adoption & Fostering Week returns to the UK from 5 March

13th February 2018
Booking is now open for two free evening seminars – held by New Family Social – specifically for LGBT people to find out how they can adopt or foster. Taking place in London and Manchester on 8 Ma...

Adoption a ‘runaway train often breaching rights of birth parents’ (The Guardian)

19th January 2018
The British Association of Social Workers’s independent adoption inquiry investigating the role of social workers in adoption has called for a significant rethink and review of adoption law, the Gua...

Blue Sky Fostering continues its relationship with Duke of Edinburgh

4th January 2018
Blue Sky Fostering continues its relationship with Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) as the first independent fostering agency in the UK to provide access to DofE activities for looked-after children. On 4...

Free childcare to be extended to foster carers (Children & Young People Now)

21st December 2017
Foster carers are to become eligible for 30 hours free childcare, children’s minister Robert Goodwill has confirmed. Speaking in a House of Commons debate on the issue, Goodwill said that the g...

Adoptions by same-sex couples in England drop for first time since 2011

7th December 2017
New figures published today – 7 December – by the Department for Education show there were 420 adoptions by same-sex couples in England in 2016/17, a decrease from 450 in 2016. This is the first ...

LGBT Adoption & Fostering Week 2018: 10 Good Reasons

5th December 2017
New Family Social's LGBT Adoption & Fostering Week campaign returns from 5-11 March, 2018. This year's theme is '10 Good Reasons', two of which will be released every day of the first five day...

Report says 20% of siblings taken into care are split up (BBC News)

22nd November 2017
A report finds that 20% of sibling groups were split up because of difficulty finding suitable places.   Almost 20 per cent of sibling groups in Scotland taken into care were split up because o...