John Simmonds, CoramBAAF's Director of Policy, Research and Development, writes on the publication of the Education Select Committee's report on fostering.
On 19 December 2017 it was announced that foster children should be entitled to the same amount of free childcare as other children.
The Minister of State for Children and Families has announced an additional £1 million for the ASF this financial year and that fair access limits will remain as they currently are till the end of March 2020.
John Simmonds (CoramBAAF Director of Policy, Research and Development) writes on the alleged criminal manipulation of scientific data within court proceedings.
A SCIE Expert Working Group has recently published a report, Improving Mental Health Support for our Children and Young People, reinforcing a wider public debate about mental health and the need for radical improvement. CoramBAAF’s John Simmonds comments on the report’s findings.
CoramBAAF urges children's minister Robert Goodwill to include fostered child in the entitlement to an extra 15 hours of free childcare each week.
Following the news this week of the conviction of Matthew Scully-Hicks for the murder of his 18-month old adopted daughter, Elsie, John Simmonds, CoramBAAF’s Director of Policy, Research and Development comments on this shocking case.
From enquiries to CoramBAAF’s members’ Advice Line it has become apparent that there is currently some confusion among fostering services in England about the usual fostering limit (the number of children carers can foster at the same time), exemptions to this, and the terms of foster carers’ approval. To provide guidance to members on these issues, we have produced information setting out the current position.
A judgment by the Supreme Court has ruled that Nottinghamshire council was “vicariously liable” for abusive actions of two foster carers in the 1980s. The authority will pay damages to Ms Natasha Armes. Read CoramBAAf's statement.
Respondents to Adoption UK newsletter survey report ' a quarter of adoptive families in crisis'.