Foster Care:Written question - 292918

Asked by Mr Steve Reed
(Croydon North)

Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 01 October 2019
Department for Education
Foster Care
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to help local authorities recruit foster carers.
Answered by: Michelle Donelan
Answered on: 07 October 2019

In Fostering Better Outcomes (2018), the department encouraged local authorities to consider joint recruitment efforts. To help with this, and to support local authorities to develop evidence-based recruitment approaches, the department is commissioning research on applying behavioural insight approaches to the recruitment of prospective foster carers and adopters.

In addition, the department is funding 7 feasibility studies in commissioning and sufficiency planning, bringing together local authorities with their partners to explore innovative practices, including collaborative approaches to foster care recruitment.

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