LCS Model Contract 2018 - Organisations signed to the Contract in 2018/19

Please click here for the latest list with the names of theIndependent Fostering Agencies signed up to the Contract. Pleaseclick herefor the latest list with the names of theResidential Children's Homes signed up to the Contract.

Tuesday, 29 May 2018

Invitation to join the LCS Model Contract - Applications are now open!

London Care Services (LCS) is a service of London Councils that advertises providers of foster and residential care to 36 member local authorities, including all 33 London boroughs and three counties. LCS provides a single “Model Contract” for use by all member authorities and service providers, which significantly reduces bureaucracy for all parties.London Councils is pleased to announce that it is accepting applications from providers who offer the following services: Core (non-specialist) services located anywhere in England Specialist and Targeted services located anywhere in England...

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Fostering Review - Department for Education

An independent review on foster care in England was commissioned by the Department for Education. The review has the title Foster Care In Englandand was completed by Sir Martin Narey and Mark Owers. The report looks at the purpose of foster care and what it means to those closely invloved in the system. It includes 36 recommendations to government, local authorities and independent fostering agencies that cover aiming at improving quality and efficiency of the fostering services.

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Voices 2018: Who or What makes You Proud

Children in care and care leavers have now the opportunity to make their voices heard through the art of writing. Coram organises a writing competition and encourages children and young people to join and share their words about who or what makes them pride. The call for entries opens on 8 December 2017, and the children can send their work in any form e.g., poems, short stories, raps and song lyrics. It is a great opportunity for children and young people to show their skills...

Thursday, 7 December 2017

SCIE - EWG: Improving mental health support for young people in care

In February 2016 the Department for Education (DfE) commisioned the charity Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) to complete a research and make recommendations on how the emotial and metal health needs of children and young people in care would be better met. SCIE set up and Experet Working Group (EWG) to lead the research project. A report with the key findings from the research and the recommendations was presented at the House of Lords in middle November 2017. A foundamental principle of the project...

Monday, 20 November 2017

ADCS Position Paper - A Country That Works For All Children

ADCS issued a new position paper that explores the impact of austerity policies on the function of Children's Services nationwide and on the welfare of the children. The paper discusses the links between poverty and demand for more intense presences of statutory services. Finally, argues that poverty constraints people's opportunities and calls for collective action that can drive change to achieve a country that works for all children. The paper can be downloaded from here.

Thursday, 12 October 2017

International Social Work Day 2017 #WSWD17

LCS proudly joins the celebrations for the International Social Work Day 2017.Our team is honoured to collaborate with inspiring social workers accross London, who are wholehardly dedicated to promote the wellbeing of children, especially the most vulnerable in our society.LCS will remain committed in its role in securing placement services of the highest quality, where the children will be able to thrive. Here is the message from the British Association of Social Workers for the day. Happy #WSWD17 everyone!

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Ofsted - Press release

Ofsted launches new social care common inspection framework. The new social care common inspection framework will take effect in April 2017. For more information, please click the link

Friday, 24 February 2017

NICE runs public consultation on Child Abuse and Neglect Guidelines Review

NICE revises the guidelines on Child Abuse and Neglect by running a public consultation with diverse stakeholders. As the numbers of childern suffered abuse and/or neglect over the last years have raised NICE started reviewing the guidelines to help professionals in social care, education, medical centres, custodial settings etc. to recognise signs of abuse even at early stages. More information about the project and how to participate in the consulation process can be found here:

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

CSE - statutory update

The Department for Education has updated its Working Together child safeguarding guidance to reflect the changes made by the government to the statutory definition of child sexual exploitation after concluding that the previous version was "unclear and out of date". The new definition:“Child sexual exploitation is a form of child sexual abuse. It occurs where an individual or group takes advantage of an imbalance of power to coerce, manipulate or deceive a child or young person under the age of 18 into sexual activity (a)...

Wednesday, 22 February 2017