“When my son arrived, it was wonderful and terrifying at first, but the rewards have been second to none”

All children deserve a loving, permanent home, regardless of their circumstances. That’s why this National Adoption Week (15-21 Oct), Kent County Council (KCC) will be focusing its efforts on encouraging more same-sex couples and single people to adopt. In Kent, we particularly need adopters who can consider single children, boys aged between 2 to 6…

Kent foster carers thanked by Council Leader

The Leader of Kent County Council, Paul Carter, has personally congratulated a Kent couple who’ve been awarded MBE’s for their services to children in the county. Ron and Rinie Upton have fostered a total of 151 children and were invited to County Hall to discuss their career as foster carers that spans an astonishing 32…

Paul Carter

Kent schools outrank UK results

In a recent interview with Theresa May, BBC‘s Nick Robinson made reference to Kent schools during a discussion about grammar schools. Saying: “The highest number of underperforming schools in the UK is in Kent where they have grammar schools.”  This couldn’t be further from the truth. This was a rather clumsy use of statistics because Kent is also…

KCC on reports of help for vulnerable refugee children

The government has today said £10 million will be given to help vulnerable refugee minors in Europe. The Home Office said it will work with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to lead a new initiative to resettle unaccompanied children from conflict regions. Recent world events have led to a huge increase in the number of Unaccompanied…

KCC expands its Troubled Families Programme

Kent is one of the first counties in the country to run the Expanded Troubled Families Programme and is aiming to turn around the lives of a further 8,960 families between 2015 and 2020. In the first phase, Kent County Council worked alongside district councils, JobCentre Plus, Kent Police, schools and the council’s family intervention providers. It…

A big thank you!

Kent County Council has been inundated with offers of help and donations for the high numbers of unaccompanied asylum seeking children who arrived in Kent during the summer months and continue to do so. More than 170 offers of help have been received. With offers ranging from accommodation in people’s own homes, sports equipment, DVD’s,…

Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children in Kent

Under the Children Act 1989, it is KCC’s legal responsibility to care for under-18s who arrive in the county from abroad, seeking asylum. Recent world events have led to a huge increase in the number coming through the Port of Dover and Eurotunnel. The number of unaccompanied asylum-seeking children in our care has increased from…