LAC Reviews – What needs to change

LAC Review – What are they? LAC reviews, what are they? Everyone involved in the fostering sector should be well aware of this due to their importance. Well at least that’s what we are told. LAC reviews are considered as one of the most imperative multi-professional meetings for looked after children. They allow for information…

Looked after Children and “Risk”

So, it recently came to light that my own 12-year-old son had taken a pen knife into school. The school didn’t call me, it became apparent that something had happened when he was introverted and not himself one evening. After lots of questions he eventually confessed that he had been “caught” by a teacher with…

Pinball Kids – what’s new?

In the news today, the Children’s Commissioner’s Office has published a statement saying, ‘Thousands of ‘pinball kids’ are being moved around the care system with too much instability’ and points out that most LAC experienced one or more moves during 2016/17. As professionals we already know this; we know that instability causes additional psychological harm…

Pretty Ugly

This is how a child may feel when they come into foster care I’m ugly So, don’t try to convince me that I am a beautiful person Because at the ned of the day I hate myself in every single way And I’m not going to lie to myself by saying There is beauty inside…

Views from a Foster Carer

My Name is Kieron, I live in the northwest of England with my wife Joanne and our 2 children. We have been approved foster carers with UK Fostering since December 2016. We started our journey into fostering in January of 2016, we contacted several agencies and where most impressed with UK Fostering, this was due…

Sport? Meh, Really?

“Point your toes!”, “straighten those legs!”, “stretch those arms!” were some of many comments which were bellowed at me as a child, by my coach over a gymnasium floor. As you may have guessed, I was a gymnast as a boy. It wasn’t easy training eighteen hours per week, five days per week and it…

Chelsea’s Choice: The reality of CSE

Before entering into the social care sector, I had no idea what CSE was and initially I found myself thinking the same as many would think – “CSE doesn’t happen in our area” “My child wouldn’t let that happen” “I would know if they were being exploited” So let’s start with the basics – what is CSE? By government definition…