Doncaster residents set to benefit from new social worker training

Last Updated: August 5, 2015

Vulnerable children and adults in Doncaster are set to benefit from a new way of training and recruiting social workers which focuses on frontline experience.

As one of only four such partnerships in the country, Doncaster Children’s Services Trust and Doncaster Council are working with Sheffield University to increase the amount of experience of protecting people at risk within social work degrees. They are part of the newly formed South Yorkshire Teaching Partnership which is led by Sheffield Council and also includes the Rotherham and Barnsley authorities.

Thousands of Doncaster families to benefit from joint programme

Last Updated: August 5, 2015

An innovative programme to support hundreds of families in Doncaster to make lasting, positive changes in their lives is being rolled out by Doncaster Council, Doncaster Children’s Services Trust and their partner agencies.

The programme has been titled ‘Stronger Families’ in Doncaster and it forms part of the government’s Extended Troubled Families programme to work with up to 400,000 families across England over the next five years.

Shop window bedroom to find Doncaster foster homes

Last Updated: August 14, 2015

An eye-catching window display in a town centre store has today been set up to look like a teenager’s bedroom – albeit a slightly tidy one - in a bid to find more foster carers for Doncaster children.

Doncaster Children’s Services Trust fostering team is working in partnership with local furniture store, Refurnish, in a bid to recruit new foster carers who have the space in their homes, lives and hearts to look after teenagers or siblings. 

This new initiative will see the bedroom on display for the rest of the year as the team aims to recruit 30 new foster carers by 2016.

Outstanding’ Ofsted rating for Doncaster children’s home

Last Updated: August 14, 2015

Ofsted has rated the overall experiences and progress of children and young people living at  Doncaster’s Morrison Drive children’s home as ‘outstanding’ in a report published this week.

The home is run by Doncaster Children’s Services Trust which is the first children’s social care organisation in the country to be run independently from a local authority.

Morrison Drive is the third of the Trust’s children’s homes to be praised by Ofsted in the last six months, with previous inspections rating two other Trust’s children’s homes as ‘Good Overall’.

Volunteers wanted to be a friend for children in care

Last Updated: August 17, 2015

Doncaster Children’s Services Trust is looking for more volunteers to come forward to be a friend for children and young people in care.

The Trust’s Independent Visitor Volunteers support children in care who have little or no contact with their birth parents. By simply providing a commitment to ‘just be there’, the volunteers are there to listen, provide advice and encourage a child to reach their full potential. 

The Gruffalo and friends join children for big book giveaway

Last Updated: August 27, 2015

Foster families from across Doncaster and beyond enjoyed a world of imagination at the ‘Book Day’ event today (Thursday 27 August).

Foster parents and their children flocked to the annual event at The Mary Woollett Centre, Danum Road, where every child got to pick out £20 worth of books to take home.

It was a day for the whole family, foster children and birth children within the same families, to have fun together discovering and celebrating the joy of reading.

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