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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

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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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Children’s services reach out to more families

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A reorganisation of Staffordshire’s children centres has delivered on its key promise of helping more vulnerable families. New figures show the percentage of vulnerable children aged 0-to-five being helped in the county has increased over three years from 48 per cent to 76 per cent. At the same time the percentage of five-year-olds classed as ‘school ready’ – having a ...

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Countdown to apply for 30 hours’ childcare

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Parents wanting to claim 30 hours a week of funded childcare for their children should think about applying as soon as possible. The next places are available across the county 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, ...

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Multi-million pound backing to help families

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A £5 million scheme to help Staffordshire families has been backed by the Government. The funding means that Staffordshire County Council and partners can support families in need of help before their problems reach crisis point. Mark Sutton, Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet member for Children and Young People, said: This money will help us make a real difference to lives ...

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Care leavers to get Staffordshire council tax exemption

Young adults leaving county council care in Staffordshire will be exempt from paying council tax until they are 21. Staffordshire County Council has announced that people previously under the authority’s care and currently living in Staffordshire will not have to pay council tax, in order to help in their transition to adulthood. The measures were announced at the county council’s ...

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