Take your first steps to completing your family this LGBT fostering and adoption week

Last Updated: March 5, 2018

Members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community are being encouraged to consider fostering or adoption this LGBT fostering and adoption week which runs from Monday 5 – Sunday 11 March 2018.

Sue May, Head of Service for Looked After Children at Doncaster Children’s Services Trust said: “We know people can worry that they won’t be approved as foster carers or adopters because of their sexuality; this is an unfortunate myth and something that we want to dispel.”

Sports stars join fight against Child Sexual Exploitation

Last Updated: March 8, 2018

Local rugby heroes are helping to kick Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) into touch after joining forces with Doncaster’s multi-agency CSE team.

Doncaster Knights rugby players have made pledges as part of the Helping Hands campaign for the national CSE Awareness Day on Sunday 18 March, after taking up an invite from Doncaster Children’s Services Trust CSE champions and their colleagues in the Rotherham, Doncaster and South Humber NHS Trust (RDaSH), Barnardo’s and South Yorkshire Police.

Safer Sleep Week

Last Updated: March 9, 2018

We are joining forces with Doncaster Safeguarding Children Board (DSCB) and other partners from Public Health and RDASH to promote National Safer Sleep week, next week, March 12-18.

Around four babies a week still die from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) – commonly known as cot death - and it is believed that if more parents were aware of safer sleep advice, lives would be saved.

Doncaster foster carer wins trip to Orlando on Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway

Last Updated: March 12, 2018

Saturday 10 March 2018 saw Doncaster foster carer Janice Jinks win a ‘place on the plane’ during the happiest minute of the week as part of Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway.

Nominated as part of a Mother’s Day special Ant presented her with her family’s ticket to Orlando during the Live show, saying: “Janice has been a foster mum for over 30 years; you’ve fostered over 50 children.”

Thinking about adoption? Meet the experts this Big Adoption Day

Last Updated: March 13, 2018

In the run up to Big Adoption Day 2018 Doncaster Children’s Services Trust will be holding a special drop in event at Doncaster Dome on Monday 19 March.

The Trust’s Adoption team will be at the Dome from 5pm – 8pm, and will be ready and willing to answer all of your questions about becoming an adoptive parent.

Speaking about the need for adoptive parents to get in touch, adoption team manager Melanie Johnson said: “At any one time in Doncaster there are around 20 children who cannot be brought up with their birth parents and who need a loving and stable home.”

Partnership project to help mums and babies wins national award

Last Updated: March 13, 2018

A health and social care partnership programme to help expectant mothers has scooped first place in a national award.

Melissa Simpson, the Doncaster Children’s Services Trust lead on the multi-agency Pregnancy Liaison Meeting (PLM) team and the scheme’s founder, Debbie Rees-Pollard, midwife at Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals (DBTH), took the glittering accolade of the Partnership Working title at the national Royal College of Midwives’ 2018 awards in London.

Trust announced as Partner in Practice to help the government improve children's services

Last Updated: March 15, 2018

The Department for Education has announced today (Thursday 15 March) that Doncaster Children's Services Trust is to become one of its Partners in Practice, helping to drive forward sector led improvements.

It will see the Trust at the forefront of positive change to the national children’s social care sector by giving specialist peer support to other authorities and trusts that are currently or at risk of becoming inadequate or are not demonstrating sufficient improvement to achieve a ‘good’ judgement. The Trust is one of only eight Partners in Practice across the country.

On your marks, get set, go: EPIC team for this year’s Sport Relief

Last Updated: March 26, 2018

Doncaster Children’s Services Trust’s EPIC (Encouraging Potential, Inspiring Change) team have teamed up with Sir Thomas Wharton Academy for this year’s Sport Relief.

With their cycling shoes on, EPIC challenged the Edlington school pupils to cycle the equivalent distance of Doncaster to Manchester (over 70 miles) last Monday, 19 March. Cycling along the way, the team spoke to pupils about the impact anti-social behaviour can have on individuals and the community.

“Good engagement skills I thought – empathy, non-judgemental and sensitive. Good work.”

IRO praise for the east team

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