The Education Committee holds its first public evidence session as part of its inquiry into fostering in England where it hears from foster carers and representatives of organisations including the Fostering Network and Become.
The Committee also publishes the written evidence for the fostering inquiry, including submissions from major fostering and children's charities, local authority and independent foster care providers, individual foster carers, and looked after young people. The written evidence covers a range of issues which will be tackled by the inquiry, including recruitment and retention of foster carers, the capacity of the foster care system, and the support for and treatment of foster carers.
Wednesday 1 February 2017, Grimond Room, Portcullis House
- Chloe Cockett, Policy and Research Manager, Become
- Jackie Edwards, Professional Advisor, FosterTalk
- Professor Harriet Ward, Professor of Child and Family Research, Loughborough University
- Kevin Williams, Chief Executive, The Fostering Network
Focus of the session
The opening public hearing of the Committee’s inquiry into fostering intends to discuss a wide range of issues currently facing the foster care system with foster carers and organisations which represent the views of foster carers and looked after young people. The session is likely to cover questions relating to working conditions for foster carers, around the protection, status and respect afforded to foster carers, the relationships between local authority and independent fostering service providers, and recent Government initiatives to improve foster care in England.
Focus of the inquiry
The Committee's fostering inquiry also examines issues related to commissioning and matching, the involvement of young people in their foster care, and the role of private companies (independent fostering agencies) in providing children's foster care.