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LCS Model Contract 2016 - Organisations signed to the Contract in 2017/18

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. Note: We are still working with Providers to finalise the contract review for 2017/18. This list will be updated weekly.

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

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 37 member local authorities, including all 33 London boroughs and five 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 of these services to join LCS.If you are an independent fostering agency or residential children's home you can now apply...

Wednesday, 31 May 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:https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/indevelopment/gid-scwave0708

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

New Email Address

We are happy to announce that London Care Services team renamed its email address to London.CareServices@londoncouncils.gov.uk. Our communication should continue uniterrupted. Please, keep emailing us!

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Care leavers receive £10m support boost

The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation announced a total of £10m to be made available to organisations that support young people making the transition from the care system to adult life. For more information please visit: http://www.cypnow.co.uk/cyp/news/2002682/care-leavers-receive-gbp10m-support-boost

Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Ban on "golden hellos"

Councils are calling for a ban on independent fostering agencies offering foster carers cash to switch from working for local authorities. For the full article click here.

Friday, 9 September 2016

Build A Bear Giveaway-National Teddy Bear Day

Childhood First are excited to announce an alliance with Build-a-Bear http://www.buildabear.co.uk/ in which they are able to offer free ‘furry friends’ to the children and young people! This is possible because on National Teddy Bear day on 9th September 2016, for every £5 bear purchased, 1 bear will be donated to Childhood First. They will distribute these bears to the children and young people, but would love to hear from any providers who can use these and pass onto those children in your care. Reserve...

Monday, 1 August 2016