The National Fostering Landscape in 2018: Policy and Practice

Confirmed Speakers Include:

  • Kevin Williams, Chief Executive, The Fostering Network
  • Andy Elvin, Chief Executive, The Adolescent and Children's Trust
  • Tay Jiva, Adoption and Fostering Service Manager, Penny Appeal
  • Nicola Smith, Policy Officer, Barnardo's
  • Juliet Ramage, Improvement and Consultancy Manager, Action for Children
  • Colette Abbiss, Fostering Service Manager, Five Rivers Child Care
  • Professor Lisa Holmes, Director of the Rees Centre, Oxford University (Event chair)


The government has conducted an inquiry considering foster care in the UK. It has looked at the recruitment and retention of foster carers, stability of foster care placements, including the impact of the Staying Put initiative as well as the support given to foster carers. What will this mean for foster care in the UK?

Attend this Westminster Briefing to explore what this stock take means for foster care in the UK, what actions will be taken and what you can do to the quality of foster care. Engaging with our expert panel and your peers, you will explore how to build on the progress already made, gain practical guidance on improving standards and understand the next steps for the sector.

Key issues to be addressed:

  • Outlining the Government’s latest thinking on foster care in the UK
  • Preventing placement breakdown: progress of the Staying Put initiative
  • Developing an effective referral service for children in care
  • Incorporating other agencies to create a safety net for foster children
  • Supporting unaccompanied asylum-seeking children 
  • Giving access to advocacy services for children
  • Maintaining stable ‘networks’ for children including schools 
  • Providing sufficient training for current future foster carers
  • Encouraging greater support for foster caring employees in the workplace
  • Considering the employment status of full-time foster carers
  • Matching guidance with local and national priorities for foster service delivery

The event:

The morning session will focus on the delivery of foster care, the current situation inthe country and provide excellent examples of best practice in service delivery.

The afternoon session will allow delegates to discuss the professional development, recruitment and retention of the foster care workforce, what can be done to enhance their development and what is already being done to ensure foster carers are fully prepared for their role.

Morning refreshments will be served upon arrival with a networking lunch to follow. Any special needs or dietary requirements should be notified to us upon booking.

Who Should Attend?

Delegates will be drawn from, but not excluded to: Children’s residential care managers and staff, social workers, commissioners, fostering officers, child welfare & protection teams and anyone with an interest in improving the quality of foster care.

For registration enquiries please contact: | 0207 593 5657

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Wednesday 28th February 2018

11.00am - 3.30pm (including networking lunch)

Private Sector | 1 Place:£295 | 2+ Places:£245 each
Public Sector | 1 Place: £245 | 2+ Places:£195 each
Charity Sector 
| 1 Place: £195 | 2+ Places: £145 each
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