Extending Staying Put legislation to all children leaving care

The Government is considering a report supporting children to remain in residential care until they are 21 at an annual cost of £76m. "Staying Put for young people in residential care: A scoping exercise" was produced by The National Children's Bureau, The Who Cares? Trust, Action for Children, Barnardo's, Together Trust and Loughborough University. Click hereto read the Community Care article and here to download the report.

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Rethinking Adequate Ofsted

The Independent Children's Homes Association (ICHA) published the report "Rethinking the current impact of an Adequate Ofsted inspection on placement in children's homes decision making". The report found that local authorities are reluctant to place children in homes with an "adequate" Ofsted rating and it makes recommendations on how to support homes maintaining a "good" rating. Click here to download the report.

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

London Care Services (LCS) Annual Conference 2015

LCS put together another successful conference on 3 February 2015. Details will be added to the wwebsite over the following days, including presentations and the delegate list.

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

New Ofsted figures on the number of fostered children going missing

Data on the number of fostered children and young people going missing during 2013-2014 was published by Ofsted. Please click here to read the article from Community Care.

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

London Care Services Conference 2015

It has been decided! The London Care Services conference for 2015 will take place on 3 February 2015 at the Kia Oval. If you are interested in attending, please use thislinkto book your place. Note for borough officers:If you are a borough officer please book your place via your Lead Officer. If you don't kno who your Lead Officer is you can email us

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Collaborating for better outcomes: final report from the Children's Services Taskforce

The report explores how the commissioning and delivery of services can be improved to achieve better outcomes for looked after children and young people with complex needs. It highlights the need to achieve clarity on the meaning of ‘outcomes’ to ensure services effectively meet needs, arguing that outcomes should be tailored to each individual child to ensure they are both achievable and meaningful. Report available here. Local Government Information Unit (LGiU)

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Do you work with young people who are unemployed or not in education?

Job Ready programme Futureversity, a youth charity in East London, has been helping young people succeed since 1995. If you would like to give a young person a helping hand into a career, our award winning Job Ready course is an amazing FREE resource for out of work 16-25 year olds. The Job Ready course has been running since 2007 and since then Futureversity has helped hundreds of young people to further their goals. In fact, more than 60% of young people who have completed...

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Inspection of Children's Homes: Ofsted Consultation

Ofsted is consulting on proposals to inspect children's homes. Under the new framework "good" will become the minimum standard that children and young people should expect; "adequate" will be replaced by "requires improvement", while "overall effectiveness" would become "overall experiences and progress of children and young people living in the home". To view the consultation document please click here. Closing date: 13 January 2015

Monday, 24 November 2014

Trying to contact London Care Services?

We have received notice that some emails being sent to the London Care Services usual email address have not been getting through. When you send an email to London Care Services an automated response is generated, advising you that we have received your email and we will do our best to respond within three (3) days. This is how you know we have received your email. To address this issue, if you would like to contact London Care Services, please use the email

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Job Ready 21

Do you work with young people who are unemployed or not in education? If you want to give them a helping hand into a career, look no further! Job Ready is a FREE course run by youth charity, Futureversity, for 16-25 year olds who are not in employment, education or training to help them get into work. Running since 2007, Futureversity has helped hundreds of young people to further their goals. In fact, more than 60% of young people who have completed the Job Ready...

Wednesday, 24 September 2014