Mr Robert Greenfield using his video carephone.

KCC videophone project wins national technology award

The council’s commissioned digital care programme project ‘Kara’ has won national recognition at the HTN HealthTech Awards (7 October), winning the Major Project Go Live category. Healthcare transformation consultancy Rethink Partners and pioneers of virtual care Alcove delivered the £1.5million project on behalf of the council last year. By the end of July 2020, they…

National Adoption Week in Kent champions the voices less heard

National Adoption Week kicks off on Monday 18th, through to Sunday 24thOctober  40,920 adoptions have taken place in England in the past 10 years The week will be dedicated to all those impacted by adoption whose stories are often less heard; adopted people, adopters, birth parents and the Children’s Services workforce An emotive animated short film, created by illustrator and adopter Garry Parsons has…

Get in touch this Private Fostering Week

People looking after a child they are not related to, or who know someone who is, are urged to contact Kent County Council (KCC).  This type of arrangements is called Private Fostering and KCC are supporting Private Fostering Week (11-15 October 2021) to raise awareness of professionals and families’ responsibilities. Private fostering arrangements are when…

Kent Leader is saddened to announce, “for the second time in a year, we have reached the limit of safe capacity for the care of unaccompanied asylum-seeking children, and will take any action, including through the courts, to secure a fair and safe solution.”

Kent County Council (KCC) Leader, Roger Gough and Sue Chandler, Cabinet Member for Integrated Children’s Services have announced that, despite ongoing efforts to work with the Home Office regarding the voluntary National Transfer Scheme (NTS) , KCC has again reached an unsafe capacity and will no longer be able to accept any further new UASC…

KCC warns that the unaccompanied child migrant crisis threatens to overwhelm Kent’s Children’s Services again.

As Kent’s services for unaccompanied asylum-seeking children (UASC) reach breaking point for the second time in under a year, the council has warned that it may no longer be able to accept new UASC arrivals within days. KCC continues to urge a strong and mandatory National Transfer Scheme and has served a formal Letter Before…

KCC welcomes the landmark Domestic Abuse Act

Kent County Council (KCC) has welcomed the government’s landmark Domestic Abuse Act which gives victims and survivors of domestic abuse and their children greater protections under law. The new Act means that councils across England will have the legal duty to support adults and victims fleeing their homes in safe accommodation and supports access to…

Kent Fostering – “An amazing service to work for”.

Kent County Council (KCC) is backing the Fostering Network’s Foster Care Fortnight campaign (10-23 May), the UK’s biggest foster carer recruitment campaign. The council needs to recruit 120 new households to provide day-to-day support, love and stability to vulnerable children and young people who cannot live with their birth families or offer a struggling parent…

Changes to symptom free covid-19 testing sites announced as pharmacies and online ordering come on board.

Following the success of Kent’s symptom free COVID-19 testing sites, which have now carried out almost 550,000 tests, residents can now pick up tests from 322 community pharmacies across the county, as well as ordering them online. With tests being so readily available, coupled with the decreasing case numbers in the county, some of the…

New crowdfunding platform will bring community projects to life

An exciting new digital crowdfunding drive is being launched in Kent to enable community-led ideas to become more vibrant, resilient and connected post-COVID19. Crowdfund Kent is a Kent County Council initiative, working in partnership with Spacehive, that will help community and voluntary organisations to raise money for projects that help their local area. Kent County…