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Adoption campaign asks ‘Could you help keep siblings together?’

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Families interested in adopting siblings are being encouraged to come forward in a new campaign by Staffordshire County Council’s Adoption Service. Almost seven out of ten children waiting for adoptive families in the West Midlands are brothers and sisters in groups of 2 or more. This means that the need to find parents for siblings is greater than ever before. ...

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Staffordshire childcare success seen at first hand

Staffordshire’s work in helping parents get 30 hours a week supported childcare has been seen at first hand by the Government’s top official. Michelle Dyson, Director of Early Years and Childcare at the Department for Education, met county councillors and officers, before talking to business representatives and visiting nurseries in Staffordshire. Staffordshire County Council was one of eight authorities which ...

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Staffordshire biker gives the thumbs up for fostering in latest campaign

Whether you’re a Biker or a Hiker, a Goal Keeper or a Bee Keeper you could be a foster carer. Amongst Staffordshire’s 350 foster families are bikers, bakers, beekeepers, musicians, military history re-enactors, professional athletes and many more. Now, Staffordshire County Council’s latest fostering campaign is reminding people that there’s no such thing as a typical foster carer. Staffordshire biker ...

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Continued success for Staffordshire’s child protection services

Mark Sutton

Vulnerable children in Staffordshire are very well protected, according to the latest Ofsted inspection of children’s services. For the second inspection in a row Staffordshire County Council’s services for children in need of help and protection, children looked after and care leavers are all rated as ‘Good’ in every category, with no areas needing urgent improvement. The report says: “The ...

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Don’t hesitate and miss out on childcare

Parents are being urged to ignore negative publicity and make sure they apply before time runs out for the 30 hours a week funded childcare for their children. Applications for childcare funding for three and four-year-old children must be made by the end of August via the government’s website http://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk Some media reports have said that some parents are having ...

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Parents risk missing out on 30 hours funded childcare

Thousands of Staffordshire parents entitled to 30 hours a week funded childcare for their three and four-year-olds have only days left to register for it. Applications via the government’s website must be made by the end of August, or parents will have to wait until January to claim their hours. To be eligible both parents, or the parent in a ...

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Foster carers thanked at special celebration day

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Staffordshire’s foster families were thanked during a special celebration day for their invaluable contributions in providing loving homes for the county’s looked after children. Over 300 Children and Foster Carers gathered for the annual celebration barbecue organised by Staffordshire County Council’s Fostering Service. The celebration was held at Marquis Drive Visitors Centre, Cannock Chase on Thursday 3 August with families ...

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Eight Million Hours of Childcare on Offer to Staffordshire Families

Around eight million hours of funded childcare for three and four-year-olds are set to be available for working parents in Staffordshire. The Government says the launch of the 30 hours’ free childcare on September 1 will help thousands of eligible parents across the county. The offer of increased hours from 15 to 30 hours was trialled in Staffordshire last year ...

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Meet the families helping young people in care live independently

People interested in helping young people in care move into independent living are invited to a special information evening. The event, on Thursday 20th July, from 6pm to 8pm at Staffordshire Place 1 in Stafford, will give people the chance to find out more about becoming a supported lodgings host. Supported Lodgings is an alternative to foster care and offers ...

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Intensive programme helps keep babies out of care

A pioneering programme that gives intensive support to parents who have had children taken into care is helping keep families together. Staffordshire County Council’s Breathing Space programme works with women who are pregnant again by giving them and their partners practical and emotional support to enable babies to stay safely in their parents care. After going live in January 2016, ...

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