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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.


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.

Foster carer receiving her golden boarding pass from Ant & Dec

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.”

Little girl throwing bright coloured confetti

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.”

Foster carers holding children's toys

This week will see the launch of a new campaign to celebrate the hidden heroes of the Doncaster community – local foster carers.

Working with Trust Fostering, the fostering service run by the recently Ofsted rated ‘Good’ Doncaster Children’s Services Trust, local carers will be sharing their stories as part of the ‘day in the life’ campaign which officially launches on Thursday 1 March 2018.

Star Awards

Trust Fostering carers have been recognised for their contributions to children and young people’s lives at the annual Doncaster Children’s Services Trust STAR Awards last week.

The awards, which are run by the Trust to recognise the dedication and commitment of staff, partner organisations and foster carers, had over 170 nominations with around 40 individuals and teams making it to the final.


Staff at the Trust's Beechfield Centre have launched a video to show children what they can expect when they arrive for planned visits with their family.

Designed to allay any fears or concerns children, who have been taken into care, may have about their first visit, the video has been created as a guided tour, with staff introducing themselves and highlighting the exciting facilities on offer at the centre, on College Road.

Midwives, Trust, Children's Services, awards

A partnership programme set up to help expectant mothers has been recognised 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, Doncaster and Bassetlaw NHS Trust midwife Debbie Rees-Pollard, are among the finalists in the partnership working category of the national Royal College of Midwives’ 2018 awards

The Pregnancy Liaison Meeting is held to discuss clients who are less than 16 weeks into pregnancy, who have current or historic safeguarding concerns.

Ofsted Good Provider

Ofsted has rated services delivered by the country’s first independent Trust as ‘good’ across the board following a full inspection at the end of last year.

In their report, published today (Friday 19 January), the inspectors have praised the work being delivered by Doncaster Children’s Services Trust and the council; all services are now rated as ‘good’ as a result of a robust, determined and clear leadership and the Trust being ‘highly effective in developing a culture for good social work to flourish’.


The festive classic, 12 days of Christmas has a new spin on it as Doncaster Children’s Services Trust Fostering sings to highlight the need for at least 30 more foster carers in 2018.

Trust Fostering and adoption teams and Mockingbird hub carer, have stepped out of their comfort zones to spread the word about the Trust Fostering services’ need for at least 30 new foster carers in 2018.