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Alastair Thompson

Alastair Thompson

DfE’s response to the fostering stocktake

We’re delighted that Nadhim Zahawi has accepted all the recommendations made in the independent report 'Foster Care in England'.

July 20, 2018

Children’s placements: switching from lottery to logic

  I am pleased that the debate on funding for children’s services is getting more traction at a national level,…

April 25, 2018

Fostering Stocktake: valuing foster carers

Our national fostering system has been neglected for too long. Despite being the mainstay of our statutory parenting capacity, and…

February 7, 2018

Let’s change the conversation on children in care

As the recent Guardian article illustrates (‘Greedy Financiers profiting from the Pain of Children’), the debate about the market for…

January 31, 2018

Regional adoption agencies – necessity can be the mother of invention

In mulling over the quandaries facing our clients on regional adoption agencies (RAAs) I was considering how to clarify some…

March 3, 2017

DfE’s fostering ‘stocktake’

This month Children and Families Minister Edward Timpson committed to a “national stocktake of fostering”. In response to the national…

August 17, 2016

Children’s Services Funding is Too Important For This Guessing Game

The NAO report on Children in Care laid some heavy gauntlets at the door of DfE and the wider sector last…

December 3, 2014

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