Category Archives: Fostering

News articles relating to our fostering support services that WillisPalmer operates nationwide through a diverse team of around 300 qualified social workers, all of whom have a minimum of seven years post-qualifying experience; 20 years on average.

The Big Question when you are a foster carer

18th Jan 2019

Foster carer and journalist David Bocking on his experience of when foster children move on. When you’re telling your friends about your cute temporary infant, they all eventually ask about…

The many joys of life as a foster carer

23rd Oct 2018

Foster carer, feature writer and photographer David Bocking talks about his experience fostering for Sheffield City Council. One of the first thing a Foster Carer learns is that foster children don’t…

Government says IRO role will not be scrapped

23rd Jul 2018

The role of IRO (Independent Reviewing Officers) will not be scrapped as suggested in the national fostering stocktake which was published earlier this year. Foster Care in England Review, carried…

Snapshot: The Fostering Sector

26th Apr 2018

The number of approved fostering households continues to decrease steadily, Ofsted has warned. In a release by the inspectorate looking at fostering between 2016-17, it emerged that there were 43,710…

Special Report: Reaction to the fostering stocktake

24th Apr 2018

The fostering stocktake was recently published by Sir Martin Narey and Mark Owers. Need refreshing on the findings and recommendations? See Children First’s recent special report. Overall, the stocktake’s in-depth…

Expert’s Corner with Philip King

23rd Apr 2018

Clare Jerrom speaks to Philip King about his views on the fostering stocktake The recently published Fostering Stocktake appears to have divided opinion among the children’s services sector. While its…