5. Registration of Private Fostering

Part of Adoption and Children Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 11:30 am on 20 November 2001.

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Again we would repeat our plea that this opportunity should be seized to protect a highly vulnerable group of children by legislation for the registration of private foster carers. Since our previous evidence (see paragraph 15) BAAF has commissioned an investigative report on private fostering, to be published on November 12th. The executive summary of that report and the recommendations it contains are attached at annex 2.

BAAF strongly believes that legislation should require local authorities to maintain a register of approved private foster carers.