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Fostering in England inquiry launched

The Education Committee invites written submissions addressing the following points:

  • The recruitment and retention of foster carers, and the capacity of the fostering system
  • Stability of foster care placements, including the impact of the Staying Put initiative since its introduction
  • The role of voluntary and independent foster care providers, and their relationships and cooperation with local authorities
  • The foster care market, including the costs of commissioning of services, financial incentives in the recruitment of foster carers
  • The sufficiency of current recognition, support and recompense given to foster carers
  • Foster care for young people with specific or challenging needs, and its relationship with residential care
  • The involvement of young people in their care, including their role in decision making
  • What the Government should consider in its stock take of foster care