National Fostering Stocktake: independent review of the fostering system in England
This week the Department for Education published the National Fostering Stocktake, an independent review of the fostering system in England. It contains 36 recommendations to the government about how the outcomes of children in foster care can be improved, including:
- Ensuring foster carers are supported and included in decision-making;
- Improving foster placement commissioning, and matching;
- Greater stability and permanence for children and young people in foster care.
The review was commissioned by the Department for Education and conducted by Sir Martin Narey and Mark Owers.
- Read Foster Care in England – the report of the independent review of the fostering system in England which includes 36 recommendations.
- Read: Foster Care in England – An Opportunity Not to be Missed by John Simmonds, CoramBAAF's Director of Policy, Research and Development.
- Looked after children in foster care: analysis – analysis of data from the independent review into foster care in England by Sir Martin Narey and Mark Owers.
- The National Fostering Stocktake Call for Evidence Report – a summary of the main themes emerging from the call for evidence.
- The DfE press release is available here and CoramBAAF’s submission to the review is available here.
- The Fostering Stocktake brings back dangerous ideas from the ‘exemption clause’ – analysis by Carolyne Willow.