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Adoption campaign launches to find loving homes for county’s sibling groups

Bedtime stories, singing and dancing together and outdoor adventures are high on the wish list for a brother and sister duo looking for a forever family home together. The youngsters aged two and three are part of a number of groups of siblings being highlighted by Staffordshire County Council in a bid to recruit more people willing to adopt sibling ...

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Councils and Clinical Commissioning Groups join together to tackle mental health in young people

Children and young people with mental health issues in Staffordshire will get the right help at the right time, thanks to a proposed new joint approach by Staffordshire councils and Clinical Commissioning Groups. Staffordshire County Council, Stoke-On-Trent City Council and local Clinical Commissioning Groups have launched their proposed joint Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing strategy on World Mental Health Day ...

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Nursery help for low-income families is just the ticket

Eligible parents of two-year-old children will be receiving their Golden Ticket soon offering their ‘prize’ of 15 hours funded childcare. Staffordshire’s Think 2 initiative means children from low-income families can claim 15 hours a week early education at a local childminder, pre-school, or nursery. The Golden Tickets are being posted next week to all those known to be eligible, but ...

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Foster families urge people to try short break fostering

Staffordshire’s foster families are taking to the road in a new campaign to encourage more people to try short break fostering The latest campaign from the county’s fostering service wants to find people who could foster a child for one weekend a month. Short break fostering involves looking after a child for a short period, usually over the weekend but ...

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Extra funding to protect vulnerable children in Staffordshire agreed

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A further £1.1m is to be invested in recruiting more children’s social workers to help manage caseloads in the county. Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet agreed the funding, despite the wider financial challenges facing the council, after recognising the increasing pressures on children’s services. The county council will now look to launch a recruitment campaign to take on at least a ...

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Private foster carers urged to find out about the support available

Carers from across Staffordshire who privately foster children are being reminded that help is at hand in a new campaign. Private Fostering Week runs from 9 to 16 July and will highlight the importance of notifying the council about private fostering arrangements. Private fostering is when a child under the age of 16 years old (under 18 if they have ...

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Apply now for 30 hours’ funded childcare

Children celebrating their third birthday this spring and summer should be signed up now for 30 hours’ funded childcare. Places are available from September 1 for children who celebrate their third birthday between April 1 and August 31 2018. But to claim the funding parents must register at www.childcarechoices.gov.uk . Mark Sutton, Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and ...

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Foster carers recognised at Long Service Awards

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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 100 foster carers and staff gathered to celebrate the Long Service Awards, organised by Staffordshire County Council’s Fostering Service. The celebration day was held in County Buildings in Stafford yesterday (Sunday 24 June). Mark Sutton, ...

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Staffordshire sets out future plans for residents with disabilities

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Proposals that will shape the way services are provided to people with physical or learning disabilities have been agreed at a key council meeting. Staffordshire County Council’s cabinet have today agreed to take forward the new Whole Life Disability Strategy for 2018-2023. The strategy sets out how the County Council plans to meet the needs of people with disabilities, and ...

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Disability Strategy to be Discussed at Cabinet


Proposals that will shape the way services are provided to people with physical or learning disabilities are to be discussed at a key council meeting. Staffordshire County Council’s cabinet will be discussing the Whole Life Disability Strategy at their cabinet meeting on June 21. The strategy sets out how the county council plans to meet the needs of people with ...

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