Department for Education - Launch of the Knowledge and Skills for Child and Family Social Workers consultation

On 31 July 2014 the Department for Education opened the consultation on the Knowledge and Skills for Child and Family Social Workers. The Department is seeking views on the draft statement of Knowledge and Skills: As a statement of what a child and family social worker needs to know at the end of a first year in practice; and As a statement to inform what is taught on qualifying programmes to properly equip those studying to become effective child andfamily social workers. The Knowledge and...

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Department for Education - new statutory guidance and departmenal advice

On 31 July 2014, The Department for Education published statutory guidance and departmental advice to help local authorities and providers implement recent changes to: the Children’s Homes Regulation 2001 (as amended) and the Care Planning, Placement and Case Review Regulations 2010. Children’s Homes Regulation 2001 (as amended) Advice for children’s homes providers on new duties under amendments to regulations that came into effect in January and April 2014. This is non-statutory advice from the Department for Education. It is issued to assist managers in children’s...

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Safeguarding London's Children Conference

Date: 08 December 2014 10:00 - 16:00Location:Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, Westminster, Broad Sanctuary | London | SW1P 3EECost:£150/£100 (charity/voluntary rate) Attracting over 250 delegates, the conference is a forum for professionals, elected members and volunteers in all agencies who have specific responsibilities for safeguarding London’s children, and supporting them and their families. They can exchange ideas and information with representatives from local and central government, social care, education, health, police and the third sector. The conference is followed by the London Safeguarding Children Awards...

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) - Meeting Your Legal Duty to Refer

The Disclosre and Barring Service (DBS) recently delivered information sessions at Harrow concerning their role, what has changed, what is changing in the future and some clarifying information about regulated activity for both adults and children. The presentation also explains the process of a referral once it is made to DBS. To see the presentation click here. For a list of useful links from the DBS click here.

Monday, 4 August 2014

"20 mile limit"

The Government rejected a call to restrict local authorities from making placements more than 20 miles from a child's home. Community Care 17 June 2014

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

The Fostering Network's - Foster Care Fortnight - 12 May to 25 May

Foster Care Fortnight™ is the Fostering Network's annual campaign to raise the profile of fostering. It is the UK's biggest foster carer recruitment campaign. Foster Care Fortnight™ 2014will take place from Monday 12 to Sunday 25 May. For more information go to The Fostering Network's website:

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Applications to register services

London Care Services has resumed assessing new applications from 1 April 2014. Application enquiries that were received in the period from 13 December 2013 until 1 April 2014 will be processed in the date order they were received. We would like to thank you for your patience as it may take us longer to assess and respond due to a high volume of applications received.

Thursday, 3 April 2014

Department for Education Publishes Research Priorities for Education and Children's Services

On 13 March 2014the Department for Education published a paper which set out what the department thinks the important research questions are for children in care. This paper is part of a suite of Research Priority and Question Papers which cover all the department’s key policy areas. The department wants to make its research prioritisation more transparent and more collaborative: joining up with a wider range of people and organisations to discuss what the research priorities for education and children’s services should be and how...

Friday, 14 March 2014

Planning reforms may be needed to curb risks to children in residential care, warn MPs

Planning rules may have to be changed to curb the risks faced by children living in residential care, according to a committee of MPs. Community Care 12 March 2014 Click here to see the report from the House of Commons Education Committee.

Friday, 14 March 2014

London Care Services Conference 2014 - Success

This annual conference, organised by London Care Services (LCS), showcased outstanding services for children with special educational needs and children looked after away from home in special schools, residential and foster care.Please 7934 9760) for more information. The event attracted delegates including managers andpractitioners from independent fostering agencies, residential care homes and residential special schools along with London borough social workers including officers working in placement and commissioning teams. It gave borough officers and their colleagues in the independent sector the opportunity to discuss...

Friday, 14 February 2014