Over a quarter of foster carers say they ‘rarely’ or ‘never’ receive the vital information they require in order to look after foster children and their own family safely. This data comes from a survey carried out across England by The Fostering Network.
When asked whether they felt they get the vital information they need about children they are asked to foster, fewer than one in 10 said ‘always’.
There are currently around 43,000 foster families in England who are taking care of 50,000 children. Despite this, there are still thousands more children in need of new homes and it is estimated that 7,000 new foster families are needed this year alone. It is thought that due to this demand, some councils are withholding important information that could deter foster parents from taking in the child.
In response to the survey’s findings, The Fostering Network is calling on local authorities to provide carers with full...