Briefing: DfE commissioned Foster Care Review

Policy product type
LGiU essential policy briefing
Published date
March 13, 2018
Author
Kathy Baker
Issues Covered
  • Foster carers acting as parents
  • Use of Independent Fostering Agencies
  • Voice of the child in foster care
Categories
Children's services and education, Devolution, Democracy, Scrutiny and Governance, Health, public health, adult social care, Welfare and Equalities
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There are 50,000 children in England in foster care at any point in time. Foster carers are selected by local government which assesses the children and funds the places. DfE has published a review of foster care. Proposals include: giving a greater voice in decision-making to the foster child; allowing foster carers to act more like parents; and improvements to the planning and commissioning of foster places.

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