Children England – Parliamentary & Government News

Education Committee report on fostering
The Education Select Committee has published its report on foster care, finding that the system is under pressure, foster carers are not valued enough and children are experiencing too many placement moves. Its recommendations include:

  • Ensuring all young people in foster care are meaningfully engaged, have full access to advocacy services and where possible are placed with their siblings.
  • The establishment of a national college for foster carers, which will work to improve working conditions.
  • A national recruitment and awareness campaign to increase capacity in the foster care system.

Campaign on children’s snacking
Public Health England has launched Change4Life, a campaign to help parents cut down their children’s snacks to two a day, at around 100 calories each, in an attempt to reduce the amount of sugar children consume. PHE says children are on average eating three unhealthy snacks a day, and three times more sugar than the recommended amount.

GDPR guidance
The Information Commissioner’s Office has produced a set of FAQs to help charities prepare for the General Data Protection Regulation that comes into force this May. It includes details of

dedicated advice line for small organisations