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Staffordshire’s Poets Laureate back Foster Care Fortnight

Staffordshire’s Poets Laureate have joined forces through the power of poetry to promote this year’s Foster Care Fortnight campaign. Emily Rose Galvin, aged 29 from Lichfield and Staffordshire’s Young Poet Laureate, Lily Massey aged 16 from Baddeley Green, have both written poems as well as a set of stand-alone couplets in support of the campaign. Foster Care Fortnight which started ...

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Meet Staffordshire’s foster families helping to ‘Change a future’

‘Change a future’ is the latest campaign from Staffordshire County Council’s Fostering Service to help find families for some of the county’s most vulnerable children. The rallying call comes alongside Foster Care Fortnight, the national campaign to highlight the urgent need for more foster carers which starts on Monday 13 May. Staffordshire foster carers will officially launch their campaign live ...

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New approach to help vulnerable children

Proposals to join forces with other local authorities to increase the chances of looked after children finding permanent, loving homes have been backed by senior politicians. Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet today supported working with Shropshire Council, Stoke-on-Trent City Council and Telford and Wrekin Council to develop the North Midlands Regional Adoption & Permanency Partnership. The unique partnership will have the ...

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Children to benefit from combined approach

Plans to join forces with other local authorities to increase the chances of looked after children finding permanent, loving homes will be considered next week. The unique partnership will have the opportunity to maximise resources, cover a larger area and offer greater flexibility in placing children in happy homes via adoption, fostering or special guardianship. Mark Sutton, Staffordshire County Council’s ...

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Latest short film highlights the rewards and challenges of fostering

A new short film focusing on the urgent need for foster carers in Staffordshire and the difference they make to children’s lives has been released. ‘truth be told’, will promote foster care across the region and looks at the true stories of two sets of children and their foster carers and captures the highs and lows of daily life. The ...

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Protecting children’s rights in the workplace

Staffordshire County Council is reminding businesses that employ children between 13 and 16 years old that they need permits to comply with employment laws. The reminder, which comes ahead of Child Employment Awareness Month during April, is to ensure the welfare of children is protected if they are taking part in part-time work opportunities, and that their needs are being ...

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Staffordshire’s children’s social services rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted

Mark Sutton

Vulnerable children in Staffordshire continue to be well looked after by the county council’s social services. An Ofsted inspection of children’s social care services published today confirms that the authority has retained its overall rating of ‘Good’ – one of only three in the West Midlands to achieve this rating. Mark Sutton, Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet member for Children and ...

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Children in care to be supported by new mental health assessments

Mental health

Children entering care in Staffordshire could be supported by new mental health and wellbeing assessments, after the county council successfully bid to be part of an important pilot project. Staffordshire is one of nine areas that will pilot the new assessments, which aim to ensure children going in to care have access to the right support that responds to their ...

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New App giving foster carers more say will help children do better at school

Foster carer Libby

A new App giving foster carers in Staffordshire more say and the chance to monitor and update children’s school records is set to have a positive impact on their schooling. Many local authorities already use the online electronic ePEP system which is used to monitor and review children’s performances at school. However, Staffordshire County Council are the first authority to ...

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Pledge for better working to support special needs children

Mark Sutton

Staffordshire County Council will bring partners and families together to improve services for children with special needs following a review. A joint report by Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission into the delivery of Special Education Needs and Disability (SEND) in the county that is commissioned and delivered by the county council and schools with support of the Staffordshire NHS ...

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