Kinship Care Week provides us with an important opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate the huge contribution that kinship carers and their families make to the safety, care and wellbeing of their children. They are too often seen as a marginal rather as a leading group of carers and that cannot and must not continue.
Covid-19 continues to pose considerable challenges to the sector. In an ever-changing situation, policy is changing too. CoramBAAF clarifies its position on how it plans to adapt to most helpfully support the sector through these difficult times.
Today, a new and independent expert body, the UK Trauma Council (UKTC) launches, bringing together leading experts in the field of childhood trauma from across the four nations. Its aim is to empower professionals and local communities in supporting children and young people exposed to different forms of traumatic event. CoramBAAF’s John Simmonds talks about his involvement as a member of the council.
A new nationwide campaign, #YOUCANADOPT, launches today to dispel myths around who is eligible to adopt and encourage more people to consider adoption.
With the launch of a new Government-backed adopter recruitment campaign, #YOUCANADOPT, CoramBAAF’s John Simmonds reflects back on adopter recruitment over the last 20 years.
CoramBAAF, The Fostering Network and the Nationwide Association of Fostering Providers have published a report of a joint survey of their members (completed pre-covid pandemic) exploring the difficulties experienced in obtaining health information about prospective foster carers.
Grandparents Plus has launched its annual State of the Nation Survey. The survey helps to provide a better picture of what it is like to be a kinship carer and to gather evidence of where more support and understanding is needed for kinship carers and their families.
Department for Education extend delivery timescales to ensure delivery of the extra funding made available during the pandemic.
‘The First Day of Forever’ captures the troubling experiences of special guardians and the rewards and challenges of bringing up relatives’ children following care proceedings.
Louise Sims, CoramBAAF’s new Kinship Care and Fostering Consultant, reflects on her role and the importance of current developments in the area of social care.