There are significant gaps in the assessment, preparation and support for special guardians according to a new review, led by CoramBAAF, which calls for urgent reform across a number of priority areas to better support carers and children. One of the calls for change includes ensuring family members who might become carers have direct experience of looking after the child before the court order is made.
Annual Stability Index reveals that the care system in England is struggling to cope with rising demand from teenagers
John Simmonds, CoramBAAF's Director of Policy, Research and Development, comments on the publication of the annual Stability Index which has revealed that the care system in England is struggling to cope with rising demand from teenagers.
New report from All-Party Parliamentary Group for Adoption and Permanence calls for long-term support for traumatised children
In response to the uncertainty of funding for the Adoption Support Fund (ASF) beyond 2020, the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Adoption and Permanence (APPG) has conducted an inquiry looking at the future of support, and this week published a report, Investing in Families, summarising its findings and proposing a number of changes to the fund.
As a result of continuing challenges to our resources, we have with great regret decided that we can no longer initiate Private Fostering Week.
Government publishes experimental statistics on educational outcomes for looked after children in England
The DfE has published statistics on outcomes for children previously looked after by local authorities over a 12 month continuous period as of 31 March 2018.
CoramBAAF and Coram Children’s Legal Centre provide kinship care recommendations to Parliamentary Taskforce
CoramBAAF and Coram Children’s Legal Centre have provided evidence on current practice in kinship care assessments and recommendations for improvements to the cross-party Parliamentary Taskforce on Kinship Care. The Taskforce was launched in December 2018 to raise awareness about, and support for, children in kinship care, and will produce a report with recommendations from the sector by autumn 2019.
The 1980s saw the start of significant developments in family finding for black children in public care in England. Following the publication of John Simmonds’ discussion paper on the importance of identity, it seemed timely to catch up with some of the pioneering social workers who identified and championed new approaches, revisit the work they did and consider what we can learn for work today. This article, written by Savita de Sousa, is based on interviews with black social workers involved in these developments over the years.
CoramBAAF and CCLC stands with The Children’s Society and ECPAT UK to urge the Home Office to do more to help trafficked children
CoramBAAF and CCLC have co-signed a letter to Sajid Javid calling on him to introduce independent legal guardians to support all separated and trafficked children and not just those suspected as victims of modern slavery. It follows the publication of the third interim report on child trafficking advocates, as part of the review of the Modern Slavery Act 2015.
The government announces interim funding for the Adoption Support Fund beyond March 2020 while it's future is decided in this year's spending review.
Dr John Simmonds presents the UK perspective of Adoption in the Digital Age at the European Parliament
CoramBAAF’s Director of Policy, Research and Development, Dr John Simmonds OBE gave a presentation on Tuesday in Brussels on the state of adoption in the UK and what impact technology has had.