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Foster-Care Commissioning in an Age of Austerity: The Experiences and Views of the Independent Provider Sector in One English Region

This paper reports findings from a study on the effects of austerity measures on local authority commissioners and independent fostering providers (IFPs) in the year following the coalition government's first Spending Review in 2010. It highlights legal and procedural factors which may present a challenge to effective foster-care provision.

Children and Domestic Homicide

Researchers at the Connect Centre at the University of Central Lancashire decided to investigate children's involvement in domestic homicides.

The Influence of Adoption on Sibling Relationships

Researchers from Cardiff University wanted to explore how sibling relationships are affected by adoption. These can include relationships with brothers and sisters outside the adoptive family, relationships between siblings placed for adoption together, and relationships with children already living in the adoptive family.