8 Dec 2014

Building together a barrier free Europe for people with disabilities

On 2-3 December 2014 Roy Sainsbury spoke to a conference which brought together hundreds of persons with disabilities, their representative organisations, EU policy makers, service providers, academics, think tanks, trade unions and employers. It was the fourth annual conference organised jointly by the European Commission and the European Disability Forum. EDF is an independent NGO run by persons with disabilities and their families that represents the interests of 80 million Europeans with disabilities. The conference was held in Brussels and entitled ‘Building together a barrier-free Europe’.

5 Dec 2014

A sense of belonging?

The success of foster care may depend on how children see their foster families in relation to their birth families, a new study shows. The strength of children’s bonds with foster families may be directly related to the nature of their bonds with their birth families.

Children in long-term foster care are more likely to be troubled about where they belong if they have found the ambiguous loss of parents difficult to resolve, according to a new report.

27 Nov 2014

Permanently Progressing: new research project launched to help and support children in Scotland

A new research project which will focus on children and young people who have had a difficult start in life is launched today in Scotland.   “Permanently Progressing?” is the first in-depth study of its kind in Scotland and will be undertaken by a research team drawn from the Universities of Stirling
and York. The aim is to produce solid evidence to help professionals, carers and adopters make sure children have the best possible childhood and become happy and productive adults.  It is funded by the British Association for Adoption & Fostering (BAAF) Scotland.

18 Nov 2014

Roy Sainsbury to speak at European Commission conference in Brussels to celebrate the International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Every year the European Commission together with the European Disability Forum celebrate the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (3rd December) with a conference. This year the theme is of employment and accessibility. Roy Sainsbury will be giving a plenary address at the conference. The talk will be about his work, together with Edmund Coleman-Fountain, as part of the DISCIT project 'Making persons with disabilities full citizens'.

17 Nov 2014

Looked after Children experts support NSPCC letter to The Times calling for government action


Nina Biehal and Jim Wade are two of the 16 signatories to the NSPCC letter to The Times editorial column on 17th November 2014 (printed 18/11/14). In the letter Peter Wanless, the Chief Executive of NSPCC, urges the Government to provide proper support to children who have been in care and who return to their birth families.

Findings from research - an investigation of special guardianship

Invited presentation by Jim Wade at Special Guardianship - How is it Working for Children and their Special Guardians?, British Association for Adoption & Fostering conference, London, 9 December 2014.

23 Oct 2014

How does care leaver support in the UK compare with the rest of the world?

Mike Stein writes in Community Care about how support for British care leavers fares in comparison with those elsewhere in the world.

To mark the start of National Care Leavers Week today, University of York professor emeritus Mike Stein examines how care leaver services in the UK stacks up against the rest of the world.

The challenges facing leaving care services in the United Kingdom and most of Western Europe are very different both in scale and type of need compared with most of the world.