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Section highlightHouses into homes This report details findings to emerge from the evaluation during the first six months of delivery (April to September 2012).
Written Statement - Update on tobacco policy »Standardised packaging of tobacco products and Sub Committees on The Smoke-free Premises etc. (Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2012.Learn more »
National Library base for US Radio Travel programme
On Saturday 25 May, The National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth will be host to US radio star, Peter Greenberg.
- Industry and government plan for a healthy future for farming in Wales
- Historic garden is a breakfast TV star
- National Library base for US Radio Travel programme
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Section highlightAccess to information
The Welsh Government has followed the principles of openness in government for many years. Find out how you can make a freedom of information request or see requests that have already been made.
Sky lanterns: environmental and risk assessment »To establish an evidence base to help any future policy decisions on sky lanterns and helium balloons.Learn more »
- Future management of private water supply pipes
- Amendments to the Motor Vehicle (Competitions and Trials) Regulations 1969 and the Motor Vehicles (Off Road Events) Regulations 1995
- Higher Education (Wales) Bill: Technical consultation
- Consultation - Local Authorities (Standing Orders) (Wales) Regulations 2006 (Amendment) Regulations 2013
- Draft action plan for pollinators
Featured consultation »Implementing the Domestic Fire Safety (Wales) Measure 2011
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Section highlightFurther and Higher Education (Governance and Information) (Wales) Bill 2013
Removes a number of technical restrictions and controls on colleges without changing the principal powers of colleges to provide further, higher and secondary education.
Legislative programme 2012 - 2013 »
Addressing the Assembly in the Senedd today, the First Minister, Carwyn Jones, detailed the eight bills in the Welsh Government’s 5-year Legislative Programme that will be brought forward during the second year of the Welsh Assembly.Learn more »
Section highlightCommunity Infrastructure Levy
Local authorities can charge a Community Infrastructure Levy on new developments to support the infrastructure needed.
2nd Supplementary Budget 2012-13 »
Proposes a number of changes to the 1st Supplementary Budget for 2012-13, which was published on 26 June 2012.Learn more »
Children in foster care fall into two main groups, those looked after by a local authority and those fostered privately. We value the role that foster carers play in providing a home for these children.
Three quarters of children in care in Wales are living in foster placements. These are either provided through the local authority or an independent fostering provider.
Our strategy for social services over the next ten years recognises that foster carers:
- are part of the team delivering services to vulnerable children
- value support, and
- have much to contribute as part of this team.
Foster carers have a challenging role, which calls for a range of skills, training and support to meet the diverse needs of children.
Allowances and support for carers
We are committed to implementing fairer and more equitable systems in allowances and support to foster carers that also recognises and to reward those who are highly skilled in caring for children with sometimes complex needs. We have commissioned research to look at developing a national fees and support framework to provide a structured approach to support carers and reward them for the care they provide.
In addition with the Care Council for Wales we are developing a draft Foster Carer Training, Support and Development Induction Standards Framework and accompanying workbooks and guidance. The Induction Standards Framework sets out the skills and competencies that foster carers should be able to demonstrate and will be mapped to National Minimum Standards for Foster Care.
Each of the outcomes in the Framework includes detailed guidance and examples on how to evidence achievement against each outcome. The Induction Standards Framework will play a key role in ensuring that providers make appropriate opportunities and support available to their carers in developing their skills and competencies.
Private foster care occurs when a child a child under 16 (or 18 if disabled) is looked after for more than 28 days by an adult who is not a relative by a private arrangement made between their parent and the carer. Children may be in private foster care if they are cared for on a full time basis by someone other than a parent, someone with parental responsibility for them or a relative.