Children in foster care deserve better say MPs
December 29, 2017 2 comments
The government should conduct a thorough review of the overstretched care system, the Commons Education Committee has claimed.
In a new report, the MPs also call for children in foster placements to be given more information on their placement and for greater efforts to be made to keep siblings who have been taken into care together in single placements.
Other issues highlighted by the Committee include placement breakdowns and how these might be minimised through government intervention, along with the pressing need to recruit more foster carers.
Education Committee Chair Robert Halfon MP said:
“The foster care system is under significant pressure and yet this is an area of arguably greatest need. Foster children are some of the most vulnerable young people in our society but many are currently being failed by a care system which doesn’t meet their needs. Foster children shouldn’t face the prospect of a dizzying number of placements nor should they be excluded from decisions about their future. Efforts need to be redoubled to place children with their siblings.”
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December 29, 2017
Categories: Children in care