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Number of foster care households shrinks for second consecutive year CommunityCare 14 November 2023
The big debate: will regional commissioning improve sufficiency and efficiency of places? Children & Young People Now 30 May 2023
Councils referring more children from residential to foster care, report agencies CommunityCare 8 March 2023
Independent agencies report rise in complexity of foster children's needs Children & Young People Now 6 March 2023
Conflicted over commissioning Children & Young People Now 28 February 2023
Are regional care co-operatives the answer to care placement challenge? CommunityCare 20 February 2023

One in eight fostering households quit last year, finds Ofsted CommunityCare 25 November 2022
Welsh Government consulting on eliminating profit-making provision for children in care CommunityCare 22 August 2022
Fostering Change Podcast: Harvey Gallagher - Campaigning for youth in foster care and foster agencies 9 August 2022
Half of foster carers considering quitting due to cost of living crisis, finds survey CommunityCare 2 August 2022
Commissioning care: policy context Children & Young People Now 21 June 2022
Regional care commissioning ‘risks greater costs, bureaucracy and remote decision making’ CommunityCare 31 May 2022
Foster carers feel ‘cut adrift’ by social workers when facing allegations CommunityCare 5 May 2022
Should – and could – councils reduce their reliance on independent fostering agencies? CommunityCare 22 April 2022
More foster care should be state run, says UK competition regulator Financial Times 10 March 2022
‘Dysfunctional’ care market needs overhaul to tackle high prices and scarce placements, says watchdog CommunityCare 10 March 2022
Foster Carer Finances BBC Radio 4 Money Box 2 February 2022
Foster care: policy context Children & Young People Now 1 February 2022
Incentive payments: sector split over ethics and effectiveness Children & Young People Now 1 February 2022

Better relationships with children’s social workers ‘key to tackling foster carer crisis’ CommunityCare 7 December 2021
Fostering system at risk of reaching ‘breaking point’, warns Ofsted CommunityCare 17 November 2021
‘Limit profit-making from children’s services or risk cartel’, directors urge Community Care 17 November 2021
Profits for big children’s care providers ‘higher than expected’, says competition watchdog CommunityCare 22 October 2021
Directors urge ‘dismantling’ of children’s social care market in face of ‘immoral’ fees Community Care 30 July 2021
‘He sets the lonely in families’ - the rise of Christian adoption Premier Christianity 30 Jun 2021
A change of direction The Municipal Journal 8 June 2021
The reports and investigations set to shape direction of Care Review Children & Young People Now 30 March 2021
Letters to the editor Children & Young People Now 30 March 2021
Competition and Markets Authority launches probe into children's home and fostering markets CommunityCare 12 March 2021

Fostering capacity still ‘nowhere near enough to meet demand’, despite small rise, warns Ofsted CommunityCare 12 November 2020
FosterTalk conducts survey into impact of government amendments on fostering and adoption regulations The Parliamentary Review 4 August 2020
Two companies account for one-third of independent fostering placements, Ofsted figures show CommunityCare 24 July 2020
Special report - commissioning - placement planning Children & Young People Now June/July 2020
Foster care providers call for clarity over emergency funding Children & Young People Now 28 April 2020
We need answers on the government’s weakening of safeguards for children in care CommunityCare 28 April 2020
Sector leaders hit back at 'dangerous' relaxation of councils' statutory duties Children & Young People Now 24 April 2020

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