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The number of looked after children in Scotland has declined for the fourth year in a row. Official figures show there were 15,317 children being looked after by local authorities as at July last year. The number is down 83 (1%) from 2015 and has fallen in four consecutive years…
A brand new writing competition for all school-aged children in Scotland who are looked after or have experienced care has launched today. CELCIS (the Centre for Excellence for Looked After Children) has teamed up with The Scottish Book Trust, Who Cares? Scotland, the School of Education at the University of…
The initial impetus for the commissioning of this evidence review was a commitment set out in 'Adoption: A vision for change (2016)' to produce 'an independent summary of relevant research evidence for use by local authority managers, social workers and judges which focuses on comparative outcomes of different placement options'.…
A £1 million project to help young people who have been in care find work or training has been announced by the Scottish Government. Economy Secretary Keith Brown revealed details of the scheme, which aims to help 270 people aged between 16 and 29 over the course of a year,…
A study by seven British universities has revealed significant inequalities in child welfare across the UK, with children in the poorest areas 10 times more likely than those in the least deprived to become involved in the child protection system. Researchers found ‘strong social gradients’ in the rates of intervention…
The Western Trust has announced a number of events planned to celebrate Care Day 2017 which aims to highlight their support for looked-after-children in their communities. Organised regionally by Voice of Young People in Care (VOYPIC), the events will include two health days at Omagh Leisure Centre, Omagh and Foyle…
More than 60 residential care establishments for youngsters are being investigated by the team working on Scotland's national child abuse inquiry, its chairwoman has said. They are among more than 100 locations where the abuse of children is alleged to have taken place, Lady Smith announced. Boarding schools, institutions run…
The UK’s fostering system is under ‘unsustainable strain’ and is being held together by the goodwill and commitment of thousands of dedicated foster carers, The Fostering Network is warning today. This risks undoing the hard-won improvements in raising the aspirations and achievements of fostered children, undermining the terms, conditions and…
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