Education Committee

Fostering inquiry

Inquiry status: Concluded

Following the dissolution of Parliament on 3 May 2017, all Select Committees cease to exist until after the general election, and this inquiry is now closed. If an inquiry on this subject is held in the future, the Committee may refer to the evidence already gathered as part of this inquiry.

Scope of the 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
Terms of reference: Fostering

Publications

Read all transcripts, written evidence and other material related to the Fostering inquiry.

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