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How social workers and carers can make foster placements more stable

“Foster families provide respite and care for some of the most vulnerable children in society. This includes around three quarters of the 69,000 children who are looked after by social services in England. Get a foster placement right and the effects on a child can be nothing short of miraculous. But when it goes wrong, […]

Can the Mockingbird model of foster care fly in the UK?

“Not another innovation in social care!” That’s a phrase Lily Stevens, project manager for the Fostering Network has heard time and again, as she begins to roll out a new fostering approach called the Mockingbird family model. But, she says, this one is different and could really revolutionise how fostering works in this country. It’s […]

How You Can Change the Life of a Vulnerable Child

“Although it is a challenge, the advent of the “national living wage” can also be seen as a positive influence on the adult social care sector in a number of ways. The majority of frontline staff are paid at or very close to the statutory legal level. An increase of 50p per hour is significant […]

Cataclysmic or positive? The impact of the national living wage on social care

“Although it is a challenge, the advent of the “national living wage” can also be seen as a positive influence on the adult social care sector in a number of ways. The majority of frontline staff are paid at or very close to the statutory legal level. An increase of 50p per hour is significant […]

Top tips for making a successful foster placement

“The significance of sound child-centred planning and preparation cannot be over-emphasised. It is the single most important determinant of placement success; it’s undoubtedly and unavoidably time-consuming but worth it. The following tips are to designed to help you achieve successful outcomes in foster placements.”

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