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Rich pickings in foster care

/ June 29, 2015 at 8:33 PM 2,494 views

In January the Financial Times carried a piece about the investment potential for private companies seeking to invest in foster care. Entitled Fostering Sector Ripe For Consolidation, it begins in seductive fashion not with high finance or balance sheets but…

Adoption: Threats and divisions as Gove loses patience

/ June 29, 2015 at 8:32 PM 5,199 views

We’ve known for some time now that as far as working with children in care are concerned, adoption is the government’s absolute priority. A series of announcements over the past 15 months or so have focused on different aspects of…

Normal service will not be resumed

/ June 29, 2015 at 8:32 PM 1,580 views

Listen to ministers and you could be forgiven for believing that although cuts in the public sector are necessary, services will be maintained. It’s true, change in social care isn’t just a matter of throwing money at the problem and…

Rotherham: truth and politics

/ June 29, 2015 at 8:32 PM 2,068 views

The only time I read my local paper is at the Indian takeaway. Whilst waiting for my korahi chicken yesterday evening, I disinterestedly flicked through the familiar mix of parking problems, noisy neighbours and oversubscribed schools. I nearly skipped the article buried on…

From the archive: Race to the bottom commissioning

/ April 9, 2013 at 8:34 PM 3,175 views

Writers are obsessed not just with words but with word count. That innocuous, humble figure in the drop-down menu or nestling innocently in the bottom left hand corner of your screen should be a record of achievement. Instead, too often…