The Weekly News Roundup – 24/04/2023

In this week's top care-related news stories STV delves into a new report published by the NSPCC examining how children aged up to three years are treated in the care system. And LGBTQ+ foster carers open up about the impact they can make on the life of a transgender children in care.

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  • An article explaining the benefits of providing transgender children and young people in care with LGBTQ+ foster carers.

  • NSPCC Scotland has published a report examining how children aged up to three years are treated in the care system.

Here’s your news from across the UK:

  • An estimated 50 homeless 16–17-year-olds per council in South London are being placed in supported accommodation on their own without required protection every year, in breach of the Children Act.

  • Moray foster carers Alan and Anne Doughty were named Carers of the Year at the Moray and Banffshire Heroes awards at Brodie Countryfare –

  • A review of a children’s book called, “Oh How Loved You Are” by Jacqui Hutchinson. It explores the emotions and feelings the child may have and how loved the child was on their journey to finding their forever home.

  • An opinion piece on the Youth Criminal Justice System. When is punishment too severe and should children be sent to prison? Trigger warning –  this article contains mentions of violence and murder.

  • A survey has suggested that more than a fifth of young people could not keep comfortably warm in their homes this winter.

  • A blog about the way in which trauma informs children’s behaviour in care.

  • Press release from The Open University as they launch their new programme with the John Lewis Partnership offering young people who have experienced care the opportunity for free study.

  • A statement from the Children’s Commissioner about Phase 2 of the review into alleged abuses against disabled children in residential settings.

  • The government’s child safeguarding advisers have urged major reforms to protect disabled young people in residential care after abuse revelations at several private homes.

  • Fiona Duncan, from The Promise, has written in the Scotsman about the commitment to Keeping The Promise being strong.

  • Rishi Sunak has criticized the Welsh Government’s plan to help asylum-seeking children when leaving care.

  • A report has revealed that Ofsted was warned on more than 100 occasions about incidents at children’s homes whose residents faced “horrific” abuse.

  • Children’s services once branded a “national disgrace” have been recognised as “good” by Ofsted. Services in Birmingham have been run by a trust since 2018 after a number of children known to the council died.

Here’s your news from the rest of the world:

  • An opinion piece that claims that parents are not being held accountable for violence towards children because judges are considering their own troubled backgrounds.

  • A new study is being commissioned in Minnesota to find out why African American and Black children re-enter the foster care system at a disproportionate rate.