Campaigning success stories

May: strong consensus amongst members to support an NAFP challenge that resulted in the North East 7 framework encompassing only 50% of fostering capacity in the region
July: a challenge to the first Scottish National Contract based on legal advice that resulted in real dialogue for the first time, changes to the terms and conditions, and a significantly improved subsequent iteration
May: with support from solicitors, NAFP significantly reduced the impact of the poorly thought through ER6 framework
November: with support from Liberty, we successfully challenged the 'streamlining' of existing placements made under the National Contract for Wales that wold have resulted in disruption for some children
September: following a region-wide communication that there was no role for IFPs in supporting Staying Put arrangements, Placements NW agreed to work with NAFP to devise a new policy
December: a Judicial Review challenge to three local authorities against the widespread use of 'in-house first policies' significantly shifting the debate on this issue, despite losing the judgement
March: DfE announce increased funding to Staying Put following publication of NAFP's report
July: NAFP's published work on the relative costings of in-house and IFP services changed much of the basis of an historical belief that in-house was cheaper; Sir Martin Narey's subsequent Fostering Stocktake report in England reflected this
March: NAFP's campaigning against a wasteful commissioning tender in the Peninsula resulted in the tender being pulled
May: in response to NAFP, Thurrock re-open their tender in order to reduce public liability insurance requirements from £15m to £10m
December: the frequency of quality of care reviews in Wales standardised at six months for both independent and local authority fostering providers as a result of NAFP campaigning