default A word in your ear: A study of foster carers' attitudes to recommending fostering to others, John Sheldon, 2002

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CCIP 02 ABSTRACT A word in your ear A study of foster carers attitudes JAN 02.pdf

'A word in your ear: A study of foster carers' attitudes to recommending fostering to others' abstract
John Sheldon
Published in Child Care in Practice, Volume 8, Issue 2, January 2002

default Adoption and Long-Term Fostering: Themes from Research, Sean Mulligan, April 2003

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CCIP 03 ABSTRACT Adoption and Long-Term Fostering Themes from Research APR 03.pdf

This abstract of a paper published in Child Care in Practice Volume 9.2 (April 2003) explores the current literature on adoption and long-term foster care.

default Aspirations Three Years On: The views of young people who are fostered and their carers, TACT, 2011

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TACT 11 Aspirations Three years on The views of young people who are fostered and their carers.pdf

In 2007 TACT (The Adolescent and Children's Trust) commissioned Professor Bob Broad to undertake a study into the views and experiences of children and young people in TACT's care and their carers. This longitudinal study is based on the findings of the 2007 research.

default Aspirations: The views of foster children and their carers Full research report, TACT, 2008

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TACT 08 Aspirations The views of foster children and their carers Full research report.pdf

This research was conducted by Bob Broad on behalf of TACT (The Adolescent and Children's Trust).


default Aspirations: The views of foster children and their carers Summary research report, TACT, 2008

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TACT 08 Aspirations The views of foster children and their carers Summary research report.pdf

This research was conducted by Bob Broad on behalf of TACT (The Adolescent and Children's Trust). 

pdf Assessment of the effect of the removal of the spare room subsidy on foster carers, adopters and special guardians Research report, Department for Education, December 2015

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DfE 15 Removal_of_the_spare_room_subsidy_assessment DEC 15.pdf

This report examines how the policy change affected the recruitment of foster carers, adopters and special guardians to date and what the future effect may be, and how local authorities responded to the policy change. The number of carers affected by the Removal of the Spare Room Subsidy (RSRS) was low and the rule change in size criteria (allowing foster carers an unused bedroom for up to 52 weeks), alleviated initial concerns about foster carers. The small numbers of placements that were affected were those for children with complex needs who require their own bedroom, children who are unable to share a bedroom (e.g. due to past experiences or personal characteristics), for sibling groups, unrelated children being placed with one family, and teenagers. Carers noted that RSRS had affected their ability to take on these types of placement due to: The financial implications of caring for children with complex needs (additional space and resources required); No longer being able to afford a property large enough to care for sibling groups/more than one foster child; Conflicting regulations of fostering and housing/benefit teams in relation to the age up to which children can share a bedroom. Three-quarters of local authorities did not report any effect of RSRS on the recruitment of foster carers, adopters and special guardians in the last 18 months and the majority of local authorities did not report any known effect on retention.

default Attachment style of foster carers and caregiving role performance, Dr Marie L Caltabiano et al, 2007

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CCIP 07 ABSTRACT Attachment style of foster carers APR 07.pdf

'Attachment style of foster carers and caregiving role performance' abstract
Dr Marie L. Caltabiano and Rosamund Thorpe
Published in Child Care in Practice, Volume 13, Issue 2, April 2007

default Being fostered, Children's Rights Director, June 2005

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CRD 05 Being fostered JUN 05.pdf

This report sets out the results of a major national survey carried out by the Office of the Children’s Director during 2004 to find out children’s and parents’ views about foster care. Both foster carers and birth parents views were sought.

pdf Call for action: Building a brighter future for children in care, TACT, 2015

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TACT 15 Call for action 2015.pdf

This document outlines what TACT believes should be the priorities for the incoming government related to children in care. It gives an outline of the main issues in each area, explains the impact and identifies the key actions. The areas covered are: A stronger focus on the needs of adolescents entering the care system; Investment into and effective implementation of Staying Put; Improvement of educational outcomes for looked after children; Improving access to mental health services for looked after children, adopted children and care leavers; Prioritisation and effective measurement of wellbeing for looked after children; Access to adoption support at an earlier stage in the process; Changing Special Guardianship Order processes so they are used only when appropriate and allow for effective support.

default Chance to Stay ABSTRACT, Action for Children & Fostering Network Wales, 2013

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A4C FN 13 Chance to Stay ABSTRACT 2013.pdf

This abstract details a report which outlines why young people in Wales should have the chance to stay in foster care until 21.

default Children (Private Arrangements for Fostering) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1996

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LEG 96 Children (Private Arrangements for Fostering) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1996.pdf

These Regulations, which came into operation on 4 November 1996, set out the requirements for notifying Health and Social Services Trusts of private fostering arrangements and the duties of Trusts to visit and ensure the welfare of privately fostered children.

Privately fostered children are children placed with non-related carers by their parents or relatives in an informal arrangement - these are not children placed with approved foster carers by Trusts or independent fostering agencies.

default Children's experiences of private fostering, Children's Rights Direotor for England, 2008

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CRD 08 Chilldren's experiences of private fostering 2008.pdf

Private Fostering (2005) detailed the views of children living with private foster parents on the government's proposed new rules and regulations about private fostering at that time.  This new report details how those rules are working out for privately fostered children.

default Children's views on fostering, Children's Rights Director, November 2012

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CRD 12 Children's views on fostering 2012.pdf

This report follows on from Being Fostered (2005) and details children's views on the  government's is proposed changes to the law on both fostering and adoption.  This new report gives some up to date views from children on major issues in fostering, and it gives the children’s verdict on the government’s proposals to change the law about who can give permission and make decisions on many things that matter to foster children’s lives.

document Combining Fostering and Other Work ABSTRACT, L. Peake, November 2014

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FN 14 Combining Fostering & Other Work ABSTRACT NOV 14.docx

This abstract details a report which highlights the importance of fostering services thinking differently about how they recruit and retain people to care.

document Combining Fostering and Other Work ABSTRACT, L. Peake, November 2014

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FN 14 Combining Fostering & Other Work ABSTRACT NOV 14.docx

This abstract details a report which highlights the importance of fostering services thinking differently about how they recruit and retain people to care.

default Comparing fostering in Scotland and Norway with an emphasis on the use of private actors, Ingvlid Sigstad Begg, April 2011

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CCIP 11 ABSTRACT Comparing fostering in Scotland and Norway APR 11.pdf

This abstract of a paper published in Child Care in Practice Volume 17.2 (April 2011) discusses private foster care in Scotland and Norway.

document Cuts the view from foster carers: The impact of austerity measures on fostered children and the families that care for them ABSTRACT, The Fostering Network, April 2016

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FN 16 Cuts the view from foster carers ABSTRACT APR 16.docx

This abstract provides details of a survey which highlights the negative impact of local authority budget cuts in a number of areas, including practical and financial support for foster carers, children’s access to their social workers and other services, especially mental health services.

pdf Delegation of authority to carers: Young People's guide, Department for Education, April 2014

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DfE 14 Delegation of authority to carers YP guide APR 14.pdf

A quick guide to explain what delegated authority means for young people living in foster care and residential homes in England.

default Disqualification for Caring for Children Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1996

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LEG 96 Disqualification for Caring for Children Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1996.pdf

These Regulations, which came into operation on 4 November 1996, make provision for the circumstances in which a person is disqualified from fostering a child privately or from being registered as a childminder or as a person who provides day care for children under the age of 12.

default Exploring the personal constructs of looked after children and their foster carers A qualitative study THESIS, Emily Cooper, August 2011

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UoH 11 Exploring the personal constructs THESIS E Cooper Aug 11.pdf

This study highlighted a shared sense of fragmentation across participants’ accounts, with both looked after children and their carers reporting a sense of inauthenticity in the way they negotiated their interpersonal relationships. Differences in the way in which ‘family’ was perceived was also highlighted, with young people expressing a sense of ambivalence regarding their desire to be integrated into their foster family, whilst also retaining a connection to their birth family.