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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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Teenagers debate their big issues at county buildings

Young people from across Staffordshire have been given the chance to talk about what matters the most to them at a special debate at the County Council chamber. Teenagers got the chance to voice their opinions on a range of topics affecting young people in front of local decision makers, including the need for mental health within education, lowering the ...

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Christmas campaign dispels the myths on who can foster

12 myths logo

You need to ‘be a certain age’, ‘be married’, ‘have qualifications’  or ‘own your own home’. These are just some of the myths holding people back from considering fostering according to Staffordshire County Council. Now, as part of its Christmas campaign to highlight the urgent need for foster families, the Council has set out to dispel commonly held misconceptions about ...

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Appeal for foster carers for unaccompanied refugee children

dee karim foster carer

Staffordshire families interested in supporting or fostering young asylum seekers arriving in the county are being encouraged to come forward. The call-out follows the ongoing refugee crisis that is affecting children and young people, specifically those dispersed from Calais following the closure of the so-called Jungle camp. Staffordshire County Council is currently caring for unaccompanied minors and has pledged to accept ...

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Adoption campaign asks ‘Could you make a Difference?’

team by bus #supportadoption

Families interested in adopting and making a difference to a child’s life are being encouraged to come forward in a new campaign by Staffordshire County Council’s Adoption Service. The latest campaign is part of National Adoption Week which runs from 17 to 23 October and is asking people to #supportadoption. The campaign wants people who might be interested in adopting ...

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Family scheme’s success pays for other initiatives

Staffordshire County Council Offices

A pioneering scheme helping troubled families improve their lives is changing lives, a report says. And not only does the project’s success save taxpayers’ money, because of the efficient way it is run the income from the Government’s payment by results is being invested in new community schemes. The Building Resilient Families & Communities scheme initially targeted families to get ...

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People looking for a challenge urged to consider fostering


With children back at school, or teenagers off to university, many parents can feel ready to take on a new challenge. As part of its latest campaign to fill the urgent need for foster families, Staffordshire County Council is asking people to consider fostering as the next step in their lives. Staffordshire needs 150 foster families over the next three ...

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Teenagers unite to commemorate the Great War

group photo on cannock chase

Teenagers from across Staffordshire and Bremen in Germany have come together as part of an exchange programme to help commemorate the Great War. Focusing on the theme of building friendships, commemorations, peace and reconciliation the young people will take part in a range of activities during their two-week exchange. As part of the visit the young people have been cleaning and tending ...

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