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New cabinet for Staffordshire County Council unveiled

Staffordshire Place

The Leader and Cabinet for Staffordshire County Council have been announced at meeting of the Full Council. Philip Atkins takes up his third term as Leader of the county council following the local elections on May 4 – which saw the Conservatives retain control by securing an increased 51 seats, Labour 10 and one seat gained by an independent candidate. Ian Parry remains ...

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Foster carers gather for premier of new fostering film

Foster carers from across Staffordshire gathered for the screening of a new short film highlighting the urgent need for more foster families. VIDEO of the film ‘Giants’ ‘Giants’ is a three-minute film telling the story of Jack and Ellie, a brother and sister who want to stay together when they find themselves in foster care. Staffordshire’s foster carers along with ...

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Special Mother’s Day for Staffordshire mum who fostered over 100 children

Foster Carer Jean Foster

On Sunday, mums from across the country will be opening Mother’s Day cards from their children, if they haven’t forgotten.  But for one Staffordshire mum it means even more. Foster carer, Jean Foster from Burton-upon-Trent in Staffordshire has been fostering for over 32 years and has fostered over 100 children.  Having adopted two of the children, she has helped turn ...

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People asked to unite in campaign to help tackle Child Sexual Exploitation

People are being urged to look out for the signs of child sexual exploitation and report it as part of national CSE awareness Day. The day, on Saturday 18 March is calling on parents, children, organisations and schools to unite in tackling CSE and aims to raise awareness and understanding of the issue, how to spot the signs and how ...

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Staffordshire Children in Care take the reins for national takeover day

Three Staffordshire care leavers have taken the reins in top Government departments as part of a national challenge to give young people a taste of how Government and business works. The Department for Education, Department for International Development and Department for Culture Media and Sport opened their doors to the individuals from the county. The Children’s Commissions Takeover Challenge asks ...

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Find out about a career in children’s services at recruitment day

Teacher and child

People interested in a career helping children and young people are being invited to a recruitment open day where they can find out more. Staffordshire County Council’s Families First service is behind the event which aims to recruit new social workers across the county to work with vulnerable children and young people. The event will take place on Wednesday 25 ...

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Calls for new laws to protect young people online welcomed in Staffordshire

Mark Sutton

Calls for New laws and a digital ombudsman to help protect children’s privacy online are being backed by Staffordshire’s Cabinet Lead for Children. Mark Sutton, Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Young People has welcomed todays proposals put forward by Children’s Commissioner Anne Longfield. The proposals, outline in the Growing Up Digital report, call for new laws to ...

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Lights, camera, action as foster carers take centre stage in New Year campaign

Staffordshire’s foster carers are taking centre-stage in the latest campaign to help find families for the county’s vulnerable children. To meet the urgent need for more foster carers in Staffordshire, a further 60 families need to be found over the next year. Now, carers from across Staffordshire have come out in force and bravely put themselves in front of the ...

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Final Syrian refugee families welcomed to county


Staffordshire has welcomed the final two refugee families into the county as part of the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Scheme (VPS). The scheme has seen a total of 11 families—51 individuals—settled in Staffordshire, including children ranging from one to 17 years old. The first families were welcomed to the county in March of this year, with the final 2 families arriving ...

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More five-year-olds than ever before ‘ready for school’

Early years

More children than ever before in Staffordshire are starting their school careers equipped to succeed, according to the latest figures. Statistics from the Department for Education show that the ratio of children classed as ready for school in the county has risen by 20 percentage points in three years from 53.6 per cent to 73.8 per cent. And for the ...

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