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Foster Care Fortnight – 9 to 22 May 2022

Foster carer and child sat on sofa together.

Yvette Stanley, our National Director for Social Care, celebrates foster carers’ invaluable contribution to the lives of the children they care for. This Foster Care Fortnight, as ever, we take our collective hats off to all foster carers, for the …

Enduring, positive relationships must be at the heart of the care system

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Young person and adult talking on a park bench

Yvette Stanley, Ofsted’s National Director for Regulation and Social Care, considers the recent All-Party Parliamentary Group Spotlight Inquiry and reflects on how independent visitors can be an important source of lasting friendship and support for children in care. We have …

Ofsted’s response to the Case for Change

Carer pushing smiling boy in a swing

The Independent Review of Children’s Social Care published its Case for Change on 17 June, having heard evidence from hundreds of people working with children and families, and from even more with lived experience of children’s social care. This builds on the huge response to its earlier calls for …

Effective ‘pre-proceedings’ work – what does inspection tell us?

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Yvette Stanley, our National Director for Social Care, talks about why effective social work at the ‘pre-proceedings’ stage (the period before court proceedings begin in applications for care orders) is so important, and what our inspections tell us about it.