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The British Association of Social Workers (BASW) has said the government should consider making more information public about family court cases involving children.

Fears raised about foster firms

By Shafik Meghji |

09 October 2007

The UK's largest fostering and adoption charity has voiced fears about the number of agencies in the sector owned by private equity companies.

Looked-after children across Scotland are to benefit from a 2.5m boost to improve the care given by councils.

Support staff in two Yorkshire primary schools are being given social work training in a scheme backed by the government-funded Innovation Unit.

A trial using ID cards to help make criminal record checks on people who want to work with children and young people has been hailed a success by the government.

The House of Lords is set for a showdown with the government over a controversial policy that allows children of failed asylum seekers to be taken into care.

One of the UK's largest providers of services for children has called for councils to look more favourably on planning applications for children's homes.

More than half of England's local authorities are failing to pay foster carers enough to cover their costs, forcing them to dip into their own pockets or see the children they care for go without, according to research.

Call for young to stay in care until 21

By Sarah Cooper |

09 October 2007

Plans to allow children to stay in care until the age of 18 do not go far enough, a leading fostering expert has said.

PCTs get charter on disabled young

By Ruth Smith |

09 October 2007

The high-profile Every Disabled Child Matters campaign launches a charter today (10 October) challenging primary care trusts to prioritise health services for disabled children and young people.