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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…
The Department of Health published a statistical bulletin summarising information on care leavers in the north of Ireland who left care during the year ending 31 March 2016. Care Leavers Aged 16–18 some two thirds (67%) of care leavers aged 16-18 had GCSEs or other qualifications. The proportion of care…
A family and friends foster carer who took on three vulnerable children after their mother was unable to care for them, failed to get council support for the arrangement for six years. Now, following an investigation by the Local Government Ombudsman (LGO), LB Tower Hamlets has been asked to provide…
Many inspirational figures in popular culture – from Harry Potter to Superman – were fostered, adopted or institutionalised as youngsters. Wider recognition of this could help to dispel prejudice against children in care, claimed poet, dramatist, broadcaster and activist Lemn Sissay when he launched a major student conference at the…
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