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Christmas campaign busts the myths about fostering

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For most children their Christmas lists will consist of the latest gadgets, games and toys. But for many children in care, all they’ll be asking for is a loving family. Now, as part of its Christmas campaign to highlight the urgent need for foster families, Staffordshire County Council’s fostering service has set out to bust some of the commonly held ...

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Foster carers for teenagers sought in new campaign

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With record numbers of children being placed in care, Staffordshire County Council has launched a new campaign to target a particular shortage of foster carers for teenagers. The campaign is looking for so-called “resilience foster carers’. These are people with experience in dealing with teenagers with emotional and behavioural difficulties and could include residential care workers, ex-police, prison officers or ...

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Council to consider new approach to children and young people’s mental health

A proposed new approach to helping children and young people with mental health issues in Staffordshire will be considered by Staffordshire County Council’s cabinet. If agreed, the new joint approach by the county council and Clinical Commissioning Groups will see children and young people with mental health and emotional wellbeing issues get the right help at the right time. Staffordshire ...

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Consultation begins on special needs education

Plans to educate more special needs pupils closer to home are at the heart of a new plan under consultation. Parents, carers and schools are taking part in a countywide consultation over the future of Staffordshire’s special educational needs and disability (SEND) strategy for children and young people aged 25 and under. Future plans include improving support and inclusion for ...

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Parents claim millions of hours of childcare

Staffordshire parents are claiming millions of hours of funded childcare for their three and four-year-olds. Latest figures show more than 7.7 million hours a year of pre-school care are being claimed by nearly 6,800 children. Mark Sutton, Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said: “When we became one of the first authorities nationally to begin delivering ...

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Fostering film shortlisted for prestigious award

A short film to highlight the urgent need for foster carers in Staffordshire has been nominated for a prestigious television award. Staffordshire County Council’s Fostering Service worked with 15 other local authorities and film production company ReelTwentyFive, to produce the film showing the story of a teenage boy and how the crucial addition of a foster carer shaped his life ...

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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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