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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

Valuing children’s care

Four out of ten children in care today might not be there if the system was better organised. That’s one…

January 26, 2018

Putting children’s needs first will help reform the care placement system

Last week another of the essays from our second Shining a Light collection was published in the MJ.  The essay…

November 28, 2017

SEND Transport: Driving Change

There has been lots of media coverage of charity Contact’s recently published report “Inquiry into school transport for disabled children”….

September 22, 2017

Reflections on the Fostering Stocktake Evidence Review

Here at IMPOWER, we have been digesting the findings of the evidence review undertaken as part of the national “stocktake”…

September 8, 2017

We are failing our Looked After Children

To support the launch of our new programme Valuing Care, we have written an article setting out our thoughts around…

August 29, 2017

Children’s placements can be nine times more costly than Eton – but what are the outcomes?

We pay more for many of our looked after children’s placements than it costs to go to Eton – why…

May 11, 2017

Tackling demand in children’s services

We know we must change, we can see it is possible, now to work out how. We recently co-authored an…

March 28, 2017

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