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Ofsted is inviting anyone who receives services or support from children’s homes, fostering services, adoption agencies and residential family centres to give their feedback via an online questionnaire. The link to the questionnaire will be shared by the service provider and the feedback received will be used to help plan and prepare for inspections.

Further information can be found on the website

Closing date: 4th May 2015

Revised Statutory Guidance on the education of looked after children published – England

The Department for Education has published revised statutory guidance on the education of looked after children.

It can be found here:

The revised guidance details the duty on local authorities and Virtual School Heads (VSH) to promote the educational achievement of the children they look after, including those placed out of authority.

This guidance replaces statutory guidance issued in March 2010 and reflects the now statutory nature of the VSH role. Some of the key duties in the guidance include local authorities ensuring that VSHs are in place and that they have the resources, time, training and support they need to discharge the duty effectively.

Local authorities must also have robust procedures in place to monitor the attendance and educational progress of the children their authority looks after, and Children in Care Councils should regularly share the educational experiences and issues raised by looked after children.

Areas also covered in the guidance are pupil premiums, school admission, school exclusions and supporting transitions from care.

Guide to ‘Staying Put’ arrangements for fostered young people published - England

A new guide has been launched, explaining the implementation of the recently introduced 'Staying Put' arrangements which allow fostered young people in England to remain in their placements until age 21.

Published by the Children's Partnership, the voluntary and community sector strategic partner to the Department for Education, Staying Put – a good practice guide has been written for everyone involved in making and supporting staying put arrangements in England. It will be particularly relevant to practitioners and managers in children's social services, independent reviewing officers, foster carers and looked after young people.

'Staying Put - a good practice guide' is available from:

FosterTalk Limited, Registered Company in England and Wales
10 The Courtyard, Buntsford Gate, Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, B60 3DJ
Registered Company Number: 06318354