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Commissioning Care: Special Report

Recommendations in the Care Review aim to improve co-ordination and management in the care market while driving down costs for councils, but some believe the proposals do not go far enough.

Foster Care: Special Report

While the number of fostering households has gone up, the range of carers available is not always able to meet the complex needs of children, with the system described as being at "breaking point".

Legal Update: Social media and adoption

Alexandra Conroy Harris, legal consultant at CoramBAAF, on how the ease of social media contact between adopted children and birth families is a challenge that could reset expectations for all parties.

Improving foster carer recruitment

A nationwide shortage of foster carers was exacerbated by the pandemic but services are starting to see a surge in interest. Recruitment experts and local authorities discuss successful strategies.

Four decades of adoption & fostering

Adoption and fostering charity CoramBAAF celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2020. As another year gets under way key figures from the organisation reflect on past achievements and priorities for 2021.

Sibling relationships in the care system

Children’s services and courts face serious challenges when making care plans or permanence orders for siblings, writes Dr John Simmonds, director of policy, research and development at CoramBAAF.

Therapeutic Care: Special Report

With rises in children coming into care and reporting mental health problems, policymakers and service providers are developing therapeutic care and support across a range of settings to help young people.

Inspections: Local authority foster care

The number of local authority foster placements rose last year, with Ofsted analysis showing most councils delivering high-quality services with improvements in placement stability and post-18 support.

Foster care: Policy context

In July 2016, the government announced it was to embark on a national "stocktake" of fostering to identify how the system can be improved.

Ripe for reform

With government pledging to undertake a 'national stocktake' of foster care and MPs conducting their own inquiry, Joe Lepper asks what measures would improve quality of care and outcomes for children.