Welcome to another edition of the campaigns blog, with Robert Cann, campaigns officer at The Fostering Network.
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We reported last time that the Children and Social Work Bill had been introduced to parliament which we have been working on during July as well as scrutinising other reports from the Government.
Aside from fretting over the home nations' performances in the Euros, there's been a lot else going on in our campaigns team over the past few weeks.
We first produced a charter in 2011 in consultation with our members, and have recently revamped it with support from a range of organisations including the Department for Education, ADCS and FosterTalk. Charters represent an important step towards foster carers being treated and respected as the professionals that they are.so that foster carers get the recognition they deserve and need to provide children with the best possible care.
EU Nationals: Foster Carers and Fostered Children - 2018
Following on from the Government initiating the official EU withdrawal process in March 2017, there was – and continues to be – much speculation as what would happen to EU nationals who were currently residing in the UK. The Fostering Network received enquiries from fostering services worrying about approving people as foster carers who were non-UK EU nationals, and also about the long-term stability of placing fostered children with foster carers who were non-UK EU nationals.
The Fostering Network, as part of The Alliance for Children in Care and Care Leavers, has called for a clearer definition of what care in England aims to achieve with the launch of its New Vision.