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by David Roth
Mon Nov 17, 2014 3:05 pm
Forum: Getting your voice heard
Topic: Survey of children you are raising
Replies: 1
Views: 1834

Re: Survey of children you are raising

Just to bump this one up! We have some responses to this survey, and to everyone whose kin-children have participated thank you very much! We are still looking for more children and young people being raised by family and friends carers to complete this short survey - please follow this link to get ...
by David Roth
Mon Nov 17, 2014 12:55 pm
Forum: FRG hot topics
Topic: Goodbye ...
Replies: 3
Views: 2205

Goodbye ...

I would just like to announce to all who read and use this forum that I am about to move on from my job at FRG. However, my colleague Suzie will continue to moderate and post advice on this forum. I have been working as Policy Adviser, Family and Friends Care for eight and a half years at FRG, and I...
by David Roth
Tue Nov 04, 2014 10:41 am
Forum: Natter and chatter
Topic: Help&Advise&Answers to Question needed
Replies: 5
Views: 2604

Re: Help&Advise&Answers to Question needed

Hi worried new nana, I hope you have been able to get through to our advice line, as the situation you describe is quite complex and it sounds as though it really would help if you could talk it through with someone. I'll focus on the specific questions you've asked, as these sound like the most imp...
by David Roth
Tue Nov 04, 2014 10:01 am
Forum: Child protection
Topic: child protection plan
Replies: 4
Views: 2514

Re: child protection plan

You may have previously heard about children being 'on the child protection register'. The terminology changed to being under a child protection plan, but the effect is basically the same — as ied stated, it means that this is a child whose welfare and development are being closely monitored by the ...
by David Roth
Tue Oct 28, 2014 2:20 pm
Forum: FRG hot topics
Topic: Need free legal advice? Able to travel to Hackney?
Replies: 3
Views: 2491

Re: Need free legal advice? Able to travel to Hackney?

This service started on the 7th October, and is now up and running! The next session will be on the 4th November - if you are interested, or you know another family and friends carer who might be, please get in touch with Dorett White (referral process above). This is an excellent and much-needed se...
by David Roth
Tue Oct 28, 2014 10:11 am
Forum: Assessment
Topic: failed assessment
Replies: 20
Views: 6935

Re: failed assessment

Mamma, I can't recall whether you were being assessed to foster your grandson, or for a Special Guardianship Order (SGO). If he is only 9 months old, then I would expect the local authority will probably want you to apply for an SGO, since if he can't go back to his parents then the local authority ...
by David Roth
Tue Oct 28, 2014 9:48 am
Forum: Finance and benefits
Topic: Levels of payment for Family & Friends Carers
Replies: 6
Views: 5662

Re: Levels of payment for Family & Friends Carers

Egged, the legal situation you are describing is one where children are 'accommodated', that is to say they are 'looked after' children, but as a result of a voluntary agreement between the parents (or persons with parental responsibility) and the local authority. There should be no distinction, in ...
by David Roth
Mon Oct 27, 2014 5:02 pm
Forum: Contact
Topic: Long term contact
Replies: 6
Views: 3490

Re: Long term contact

ied is absolutely right that it is common to maintain a high level of contact until a case has been resolved, or unless the other parties to the contact are not showing up or behave inappropriately during the contact. Once a placement has been made permanent, contact with parents and other significa...
by David Roth
Mon Oct 27, 2014 10:59 am
Forum: Finance and benefits
Topic: Levels of payment for Family & Friends Carers
Replies: 6
Views: 5662

Re: Levels of payment for Family & Friends Carers

Andi59, your local authority should deal with you in the way prescribed in the government's Family and Friends Care Statutory Guidance. There is a section in chapter 4 of this statutory guidance that deals with how local authorities should treat family and friends foster carers. These are what the p...
by David Roth
Mon Oct 27, 2014 10:31 am
Forum: Natter and chatter
Topic: moving from fostercare to forever home
Replies: 7
Views: 1694

Re: moving from fostercare to forever home

Mamma, the social worker may have been referring to the transitional period that takes place when children are moving from foster carers to adopters. In that instance, children (particularly older children) are aware that they are moving to people who are going to become their legal parents, but who...

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