State of the Nation’s Foster Care Report 2021 published

Fostering Network have published their fourth State of the Nation Fostering report. This year, as well as surveying foster carers they extended it to fostering service organisations. The survey was completed by over 3000 foster carers and nearly 100 fostering service organisations.


Response to the President's review of transparency in family courts

The President of the Family Court, Sir Andrew McFarlane, recently published his long awaited review of transparency in the family court. We were pleased to see the clear priority of the privacy and safeguarding needs of children in both published judgments and in any reporting of proceedings and have issued a joint response with the National Youth Advocacy Service.


End of Coronavirus regulations

Growing numbers of members have been contacting our Advice Line to ask how agencies should deal with assessments that were under way before 30 September 2021, when the Adoption and Children (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2021 expired. We asked the Department for Education for guidance and they have now provided us with feedback on the best approach to take.


Sir Michael Rutter CBE

We are very sad to hear that Sir Michael Rutter CBE has passed away. There could not be a more influential person in the field of child psychiatry and child development, following on from the influence of John Bowlby.


National Adoption Week 2021

We are delighted to support this year’s National Adoption Week and the commitment to share the stories of all those impacted by adoption whose voices are often less heard -adopted people, adopters, birth parents and the Children’s Services workforce.


Update on the Independent Review at CoramBAAF Members' Day

Josh MacAlister, the Chair of the Independent Review of Children’s Social Care, gave a keynote speech talking about his experiences so far, the timescales of the review and what the review will be doing during the autumn and winter following the publication of the Case for Change in July.


Race and ethnicity in the care system: taking the discussion forward

At our recent CoramBAAF Members’ Day, we had a panel discussion that explored race and ethnicity in the care system. A very lively and engaged discussion ensued that raised difficult questions that we as an organisation will continue to address and where possible with colleagues in the sector.


CoramBAAF celebrates Kinship Care Week 2021

Kinship Care Week provides us with an important opportunity to acknowledge the significance of kinship care. Government data and research are continuing to show an increased emphasis on kinship care, in both local authorities and the courts.