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Fostering inquiry


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

Reports, special reports and government responses

No reports or special reports published.

Oral evidence transcripts

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19 April 2017
Inquiry Fostering inquiry
Witnesses Matthew Brazier, Specialist Adviser, Children Looked After, Ofsted, Dr Heather Ottaway, Lecturer in Social Work with Children and Families, University of Bristol, Professor Judy Sebba, Director of the Rees Centre for Research in Fostering and Education, University of Oxford, Jim Wade, Senior Research Fellow, University of York; Graham Archer, Director of Improvement and Learning for Children’s Social Care, Department for Education, Simon Bower, Contract Manager for the South Central Independent Foster Care Framework, Bournemouth Borough Council, Melissa Green, Director of Operations, The Fostering Network, Steve Walker, Acting Director of Children’s Services, Leeds City Council, Jonny Woodthorpe, Commissioning Coordinator, Bournemouth Borough Council.
Oral Evidence
1 March 2017
Inquiry Fostering inquiry
Witnesses Iain Anderson, Representative, Children’s Services Development Group, and Group Chief Executive, National Fostering Agency, Harvey Gallagher, Chief Executive, Nationwide Association of Fostering Providers, Andrew Ireland, Corporate Director for Social Care, Health, and Wellbeing, Kent County Council, Andy Elvin, Chief Executive, The Adolescent and Children's TrustDr Ruth Allen, Chief Executive Officer, British Association of Social Workers, Jon Fayle, Vice-Chair, National Association of Independent Reviewing Officers, Rachel Harrison, Lead Officer for Schools and Foster Carers, GMB Union, Dave Hill, President, Association of Directors of Children’s Services, Councillor Richard Watts, Chair of Children and Young People Board, Local Government Association
Oral Evidence
1 February 2017
Inquiry Fostering inquiry
Witnesses Brian Roberts, Foster Carer and Chair, Bedfordshire Foster Carer Association, Gemma Ronte, Foster Carer and Vice-Chair, Wandsworth Foster Carers’ Association, and Michael Fesemeyer and Anne Sayer, Foster Carers; Chloë Cockett, Policy and Research Manager, Become, Jackie Edwards, Professional Advisor, FosterTalk, Professor Harriet Ward, Professor of Child and Family Research, Loughborough University, and Kevin Williams, Chief Executive, The Fostering Network (at 10.30am).
Oral Evidence
The Fostering Network (FOS0114)
Action for Children and The Adolescent and Children's Trust (FOS0115)
Association of Directors of Children's Services and Local Government Association (FOS0113)

Other publications

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  • Address: Education Committee, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA