Subject: Sector News And Resources From Staf

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Staf News
Practitioners' Gathering: Young People Talking, Are We Listening? (02 March)

Supported Lodgings Focus Group (16 March)

Policy Focus Group (30 March)

Relationship Boundaries Focus Group (01 June)

Implications of Continuing Care Focus Group

Leadership Matters Training
This cross-sector national pilot delivers a fully-financed entry-level Professional Development Award in Leadership and Management. If you are interested in taking part in the next course, please contact

Sector News
How do I...become a fostercarer?

Refusing to take poverty for granted

Barnardo's issues new fostering plea to Renfrewshire

Number of children in care jumps almost 40% in four years

Should care placements be blamed for children's poor achievement in school?

Scottish foster carers forced to subsidise basic expenses as allowances fall short of UK minimums

It's child's play: the performance that lets young people in care share their stories

The group the government forgets: care leavers

The named person will safeguard children from abuse

Care experienced student thrives at Ayrshire College

Fostering and British Asians ~ The Reality

Kinship carers exempt from two-child benefit limits after government U-turn

The challenges and rewards of fostering teenagers

Dumfries and Galloway signs up to the Scottish Care Leavers Covenant

The secret life of a foster carer: I’m spat at and kept up at night – all for 50p an hour
What is the relationship between being in care and the educational outcomes of children?

Is Scotland Fairer? Report

Youth & Criminal Justice in Scotland The young person’s journey
LGBT Youth Scotland are carrying out research with young people, looking at their experiences of exchanging sex in return for things like money, food, material goods or a place to stay. The research will help us to find out experiences of using support services that young people may have had contact with. This will allow us to work with these services to make sure that they understand the needs of LGBT young people.

Modern Apprenticeships for young people with Skills Development Scotland.

New creative drop-in for young people with care experience aged 12 -18 from Who Cares? Scotland.

Does your local authority/organisation have policies around smoking and electronic cigarettes in Supported Lodgings Scheme. Please send responses to: Ellie Hague, Supported Lodgings Co-ordinator:

Falkirk Council would be interested in knowing what other local authorities do to support and encourage over 16 year olds still in care to sustain positive destinations post school. Please send responses to: Jenny Kane, Team Manager Leaving Care Services:

Scottish Care Leavers Covenant is an ‘Alliance’ of stakeholders created to close the gap between policy and practice for care leavers. To find out more or sign up to the covenant visit:
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