Creative Writing Competition for Children in Care + Young Care Leavers

Children's charity Coram are running their annual creative writing competition for children in care and young care leavers.The competition, now in its fourth year, is called Voices and it is dedicated to amplifying the voices of children in care and care leavers by giving them a platform to write and be heard in a creative and expressive way, and we’re looking to make this year our best yet.This year’s theme is ‘Growing Up’, and children in care and care leavers are invited to write any...

Tuesday, 18 December 2018

London Councils' Spending Review Campaign

The recently launched report London's local services: investing in the future, presents an evidence based case for sustainable investment in London government that has seen a 63 per cent fall in real terms funding and a significant rise in demand for its services.

Monday, 17 December 2018

Children in Care to recieve scholarships to independent schools

The Government has launched a new scheme to help children in care receive mentoring and scholarships from independent schools. See the report here

Friday, 7 December 2018

A Review of Commissioning Arrangments for Looked After Children within London

IPC was asked by the Association of London Directors of Children’s Services to conduct a review of the arrangements for commissioning fostering and residential care placements operating in London. The initial research was carried out in the spring and early summer of 2018 with the aim of better understanding the commissioning arrangements and providing recommendations on how they could be improved. The report maps the current consortia arrangements, identifies stakeholder views and gives conclusions and recommendations for the region. Find the report here

Wednesday, 14 November 2018

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.

Monday, 17 September 2018

Children in Care Conference, Thursday 18th October 2018, London

In the light of the most recent evidence on placement stability for looked after children published by Children's Commissioner and the increased number of children coming into the care system according to the national statistics published from DfE, Westmister Insight organises a confernce to spotlight the above and other related topics. The conference will take place in London on the 18th of October 2018 and the keynote speakers include the Chair of the APPG for Runaway & Missing Children & Adults, specialist advisors from Ofsted,...

Thursday, 2 August 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