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Child to Parent Violence and Building Resilience

Al Coates MBE, adoptive father of six and social worker will be leading a seminar on:

  • Child to Parent Aggression and Violence
  • Building Our Resilience

Al is a member of the DfE Expert Advisory Group on Adoption Support and a director of CEL&T. He writes a popular blog ‘Misadventures of an Adoptive Dad’ which can be found at www.alcoates.co.uk and has released a series of podcasts covering numerous topics.

The seminar takes place at 7.30pm on 19th April and tickets cost £2. Please email: for details.

Help with tax and self assessment

The HMRC has a variety of online support if you need help with your tax return.

Their YouTube channel has a range of short videos on self assessment covering topics such as: expenses if you are self-employed, paying your tax bill and viewing your calculation.

They also offer a range of webinars to help you with your self assessment.

For more details, or to book onto a webinar, please go to: https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/UKHMRCED/bulletins/1d0527c 


Happy new year!

So 2018 is now upon us. Why not start the year by getting your voice heard in government?

The Departments for Health and Education are currently consulting on the use of restraint on vulnerable children and on mental health support – two very important issues.

  1. Restraint: add your views on the draft guidance, which will apply to children with learning disabilities, autistic spectrum disorder, mental health needs and those living in foster placements:  DH Consultation Hub. The closing date is 24th January 2018.
  2. Mental health support for children and young people, with a focus on earlier intervention and prevention. The Green Paper ‘Transforming Children and Young People’s Mental Health Provision’ sets out three core proposals:
  • Incentivise and support all schools to identify and train a Designated Senior Lead for Mental Health
  • Fund new Mental Health Support Teams to provide specific extra capacity for early intervention and ongoing help
  • Reduce waiting times for NHS services for those children and young people who need specialist help.

The closing date is noon on the 2nd March 2018 and the links are provided on the Gov.uk website. 

News from CoramBAAF

The following may be of interest:

  • Foster Children in England to be Entitled to 30 Hours Free Childcare – Children and Families Minister, Robert Goodwill, has announced that the offer of 30 hours of free childcare will be extended to foster carers, where it is right for the child to do so. An article on this can be found here: Guardian website.
  • Sir Martin Narey’s Fostering Stocktake Report has been delivered to Government and will be made publicly available in the New Year.
  • Kinship Carers Need More Support – An article by journalist Louise Tickle argues that kinship carers need to be offered financial and practical support so that more children are able to remain within their birth families. The full article is available on the Guardian website.

Leicester Christmas lights switch on

Great, not another Christmas themed post, but it is my most favourite time of the year!

Leicester’s Christmas lights switch on is Thursday 23rd November. It’s always a lovely event and, for me, marks the start of the festive season. The main stage is on Humberstone Gate, with lots of live performances, including Leicester’s very own foster carers singing group Fostering Voices! Why not come along and support an intrepid group of carers as they heartily belt out some Christmas tunes, soulful melodies and other such delights. We need all the support we can get …

The picture is from last year’s event. We may change the head gear this year (reindeer antlers anyone?)

Christmas party!

It’s official – it’s now less than two months to go so I’m allowing myself to start talking about the C word. Yes, Christmas is coming and that means party time!

If you are an adoptive or foster family living somewhere in Leicester/shire, then we would love to welcome you to the best Christmas party in town, hosted by Home for Good: Leicester. Entertainment will be provided by Great Adamos, who have considerable experience working with LAC and SEN children. Light refreshments will also be available and there may even be a special visit from Santa!

It all takes place on Saturday 9th December and tickets are free! Email "> for more details and to reserve your place. But don’t wait too long – places are limited!

Become a mentor for a young person in care

Do you have a few spare hours each month? Would you like to make a difference to the life of a young person in care? Then find out about the “Independent Visitor” scheme and become a volunteer mentor.

Home for Good: Leicester, in conjunction with Leicester City Council, is hosting a free information evening on Thursday 12th October, 7.30 pm at St John the Baptist Church on Clarendon Park Road, Leicester. For more info, or to rsvp, email: ./">.

Meeting with Neil O’Brien MP

A group of foster carers and adopters from Harborough constituency will be having coffee (and hopefully some lovely homemade cake!) with Neil O’Brien MP in September to champion fostering and adoption. Topics for discussion include what it’s like to be a foster /adoptive family and how he could help improve the system for all vulnerable children. We hope that this meeting will be the start of an ongoing relationship. So watch this space for an update on how it went!

Welcome to the new website

Welcome to our new website. We hope you like it! Keep coming back for Leicester based news, support and events.