• TACT response to comment made by UKIP Councillor Gordon Gillick

    If UKIP want to be taken seriously offensive comments can't be overlooked - Farage needs to make clear UKIP's position on care.

  • TACT welcomes continuing increase in adoption numbers

    TACT (The Adolescent and Children’s Trust) today welcomed the announcement from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), that the number of adoptions made in the UK in 2012 had risen by nearly ten per cent. This follows an increase in 2011 of six per cent.

  • TACT: A Charter for all seasons?

    A report published last week by the Children’s Society highlights the disturbing impact changes to emergency support are having on vulnerable families and young people.

  • TACT: It’s not just about the money

    An article in the Staffordshire Sentinel gives a very telling impression of the way we increasingly seem to be looking at children in care. Gareth Grossman, Director of Policy at TACT, responds here.

  • TACT: 2013 Virgin London Marathon

    Join TACT at one of the greatest sporting events on the planet and help give a child in care a future to smile about.

  • TACT: Climb Kilimanjaro 2013

    Following the tremendous response we received for our 2012 Mount Kilimanjaro climb we have decided to set up another trip to take on the world's tallest freedstanding mountain in 2013.

  • TACT: Local authority adoption services: avoiding the last chance saloon

    Yesterday’s announcement about further measures to tackle delay in the adoption system are the most far-reaching this Government has yet produced as part of its agenda of reforming the adoption system. TACT acknowledges that the numbers of children waiting to be able to move in with a new adoptive family justifies a comprehensive review of the adoption system. Continue reading...

  • TACT: Report on care and crime shows how children in care are being let down

    A report by the Inspectorate of Probation, which says children in care who have been in trouble with the law are being failed by youth offending teams, makes for worrying reading. Charity TACTCare comments here.

  • TACT: Labour conference fringe event - children in care and their forgotten human rights

    Come along to our fringe event at the Labour Party Conference. This is being held jointly with The Who Cares? Trust and the topic for discussion is the human rights of children in care.

  • TACT: London to Paris cycle rides 2012

    What is the event? Join TACT for a once in a lifetime cycle ride from London to Paris taking in some stunning English countryside and beautiful French scenary before finishing your ride beside the iconic Eiffel Tower.

  • TACT Adoption Coffee & Cake Morning

    Find out more about adopting a child with TACT. In particular, TACT are looking for people who can welcome black children and those from BME and dual backgrounds, children aged five years and older, brothers and sisters and children with a special need or with a disability.

  • TACT comment on the All Party Parliamentary Group for Looked After Children and Care Leavers report ‘Education Matters in Care'

    This week the APPG published its report into the educational achievement of care leavers. The timing of this report is particularly interesting as it came out only two days before the Chair of the APPG, Edward Timpson MP, was promoted to children’s minister. His appointment, replacing Tim Loughton as minister responsible for looked after children, means that he will be in the interesting position of being in a position to promote the policy changes the report argues for.

  • TACT: Tim Loughton did a difficult job well, against a backdrop of the most savage cuts in memory

    As soon as Tim Loughton MP announced on Twitter that he had been, in his own words ‘asked to stand down as Children’s Minister’ by the Prime Minister there were hundreds of tweets in response. Many of these were from children’s charities, including TACT, who have worked with him over the last seven years in opposition and then government. Perhaps surprisingly, given that he was a Conservative Minister in a government overseeing the most savage cuts to public sector funding in memory, these seemed unanimous in support and praise...

  • TACT: Bruised Before Birth - Liverpool

    Bruised Before Birth is a one-day conference to educate professionals, parents and carers about the complexities faced by a child with FAS/D. It explains ways to deal with their challenges to maximise potential in their day-to-day lives.

  • TACT is unsurprised by Adoption UK’s recent report on post adoption support

    Surveying over 450 adopters, their report ‘It takes a village to raise a child’ highlights the severe issues facing adoptive parents in terms of post-adoption support. Post adoption support is a legal requirement, ratified in the 2002 Adoption and Children Act. Yet, the legislation simply made it a requirement that support be available; it did not include any statutory guidance on how much support should be assigned or how the money should be spend.

  • TACT "alarmed" by Metro article suggesting pregnant women can binge drink safely

    TACT responds to 'binge drinking ok' article in the Metro.

  • TACT: Legislate at haste, repent at leisure

    TACT (The Adolescent and Children's Trust) have commented on the government's adoption scorecards as mentioned in the Queen's Speech, and suggested they might be pandering to headlines instead of focusing on vital post adoption support.

  • TACT: In School and Out of School: Admissions, Exclusion and Children in Care

    TACT (The Adolescent and Childcare Trust) have written an exclusive comment piece on looked-after children and school exclusion.

  • TACT: Michael Gove's speech shows a welcome change of tone, but adoption reform is only one part of the change we need to see

    TACT agrees with the Minister for Education, Michael Gove, that more children should be adopted and unnecessary delay and bureaucracy reduced. However, improvement of the adoption system should only be seen as part of overall improvement. TACT, along with other charities in the sector, is currently planning an enquiry into permanence in care and hope to engage the government in this work.

  • TACT: Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD): how to support affected children

    Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is an incurable lifelong condition arising from brain damage caused by maternal alcohol consumption during pregnancy. The effects may include physical, mental, behavioural and learning disabilities. However, if diagnosed, the right strategies can transform the lives of those affected. This new Guardian Social Care Network half-day seminar in association with TACT Fostering and Adoption will explain the condition and show what can be done to help.

  • TACT: Looked after children and Offending: Reducing Risk and Promoting Resilience

    Many myths exist about looked after children, one of which is spending time in the care system leads to crime. Whilst it is true looked after children are over represented in the youth courts (and prison population), less than 10% of the looked after population actually come into contact with the justice system.

  • TACT: Criminalising Children in Care (Conservative Conference)

    TACT has received a Big Lottery Grant to work in partnership with the University of East Anglia (UEA), conducting research into the links between care and the criminal justice system. This research sets out to examine the truth about perceptions of care and crime, to identify good practice and to make recommendations to help children in care avoid unnecessary criminalisation.

  • TACT: Criminalising Children in Care (Labour Conference)

    TACT has received a Big Lottery Grant to work in partnership with the University of East Anglia (UEA), conducting research into the links between care and the criminal justice system. This research sets out to examine the truth about perceptions of care and crime, to identify good practice and to make recommendations to help children in care avoid unnecessary criminalisation.

  • TACT: Criminalising Children in Care (Liberal Democrat Conference)

    TACT has received a Big Lottery Grant to work in partnership with the University of East Anglia (UEA), conducting research into the links between care and the criminal justice system. This research sets out to examine the truth about perceptions of care and crime, to identify good practice and to make recommendations to help children in care avoid unnecessary criminalisation.

  • TACT: Adoption and Fostering - a balanced debate?

    TACT is concerned that popular opinion can be influenced by unfortunate comments such as Mr. Nearey’s that that if not adopted ‘children are languishing in the care system’. This fails to recognise both the key role played by the thousands of foster carers.

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