The Fostering Network’s State of the Nation’s Foster Care...

Charlotte Ramsden, Chair of the Association’s Health, Care & Additional Needs Policy Committee, said:

“Foster care is at the heart of our care system and, when done well, can transform a child’s life. The overwhelming majority of children and young people currently in our care are placed with foster carers and making sure children are well supported in their placements is one of the highest priorities for local authorities. The only way we can appropriately support these children and young people is by providing high quality training and support to those caring for them and this is something we are committed to doing in the best way we can but the impact of austerity and cuts to local authority budgets on children’s services cannot be underestimated. We see this in the closure of our children’s centres, youth services and libraries. This report highlights how austerity is impacting our foster care system too. This is exacerbated by some IFAs in the private for-profit fostering sector taking a disproportionate amount of money out of the foster care system which could otherwise be re-invested into improving foster care and outcomes for vulnerable children and young people.

“The DfE’s National Fostering Stocktake should help highlight the challenges currently facing the system, including the urgent need to recruit more foster carers who are able to meet the diverse needs of children in care, and drive much needed, sustained, improvement within the foster care system.”


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