New year, new minister

16 January 2018: Welcome to this week’s weekly briefing which amongst other things includes a new minister, a new data protection breach, and a new comedy show…. New minister for looked after children and fostering Stratford-on-Avon MP Nadhim Zahawi has been named parliamentary under-secretary of state at the Department for Education – with responsibility for…

Legal unease

Problem solving courts ‘future’ for children involved in justice system – Munby A fundamental re-balancing of the family court towards “what ought to be its true role as a problem-solving court” is “urgently required”, Sir James Munby, President of the family division told the audience at the annual Parmoor Lecture, hosted by the Howard League…

Standard deviation

Councils ‘wrong’ to insist carers pay for home to school transport Foster carers are wrongly being expected to cover the cost of transporting children to and from school from their fostering allowance, it has emerged following a recent ruling by the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman against Warwickshire County Council. The council’s policy places…