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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.

Becoming Dads

Pablo Fernndez; British Association for Adoption and Fostering; ISBN 978-1907585296; 8.95; 144 pages

Achievement against the odds

Looked-after children's educational performance trails far behind their peers. Jo Stephenson asks what role social workers can play to narrow the attainment gap.

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.

The Social Care Academy

Vacancy rates and staff turnover have plummeted in Essex since the opening of its children's social work training academy. Charlotte Goddard asks those behind the initiative how it has been achieved.

Legal Update: Post-commencement adoptions

Alexandra Conroy Harris, legal consultant at CoramBAAF, sets out the process to access information under 2005 adoption reforms as the first children adopted “post-commencement” reach adulthood.

The care remainers

All four nations of the UK have some form of provision for young people to stay in care beyond the age of 18. Joe Lepper compares the approaches and investigates plans to extend entitlements.