The House of Commons Education Committee has published a report on fostering, following on from the continuation of the inquiry into fostering started by the Education Committee in the last Parliament.
The Education Committee concludes in its report that children in foster care must be given better information about their placements, placed with their siblings where possible and have access to advocacy services. The Committee also finds the foster care system is under pressure and that the Government needs to conduct a fundamental review of the whole care system to ensure children get the support they need.
The report calls on the Government to do more to prevent unnecessary placement breakdowns, increase the number of foster carers in the system and improve working conditions by establishing a national college to support carers.
The Committee’s report makes a range of recommendations relating to valuing young people, valuing foster carers and valuing care.
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