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

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, 25 October 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

London Councils’ autumn budget submission to Government - 63% funding reduction is taking its toll, warns London Councils

On the 22 of September 2017 London Councils published its submission to Government ahead of the Autumn Budget. The submission sets out evidence demonstrating that the current local government finance system is increasingly unable to meet increase in demand and cost delivery. London Councils is warning that a number of local services are on a critical list due to growing demand and inadequate funding. The submission looks in detail at three core service areas: housing, adult social care and children’s services. By 2020 London boroughs...

Wednesday, 4 October 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:

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 Our communication should continue uniterrupted. Please, keep emailing us!

Wednesday, 14 December 2016