Foster Care: Safety

Education and Skills written question – answered on 27th February 2007.

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Photo of Anne Snelgrove Anne Snelgrove PPS (Rt Hon Patricia Hewitt, Secretary of State), Department of Health

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the provisions in the Children's Act 2004 to ensure the safety of children who are privately fostered.

Photo of Parmjit Dhanda Parmjit Dhanda Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Education and Skills

The new measures in the Children Act 2004 and the Children (Private Arrangements for Fostering) Regulations 2005, strengthened the private fostering notification scheme which was introduced under the Children Act 1989. These measures came into effect in July 2005. The Government have agreed that, at a suitable point during the lifetime of the new provisions, they will publish a report on the impact of the new measures in the Act, including an indication of whether the Government are minded to move towards a registration scheme. Sections 45 and 47 of the Children Act 2004 make provisions which allow the Government to introduce a registration scheme in England at any point within four years of the Act receiving Royal Assent. The report will therefore be prepared and published in time for Parliament to consider the matter by November 2008.

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ross warren
Posted on 1 Mar 2007 3:25 pm (Report this annotation)

We are one of the Families that are directly affected by this measure. I am happy to confirm that the system works very well, were children have been brought to the attention of social services, with regular visiting to confirm the well being of the child in question. The extra support we have received has been helpful without being over intrusive. In our case the Child is the half brother of my son, and this arrangement is likely to stay in place until he leaves home. It would be nice if we also received a fostering allowance but Rome wasn't built in a day. At the least it is helpful to have had our relationship with our Foster child formalised. No least as it gives reassurance to the mother that her son is being cared for properly and that the arrangement remains in the best interest of the child. It is important to raise awareness of the need for privately fostered Children to be registered with the local Social Services, and in this respect the Schools can be of great help in identifying and advising Parents and carers alike of the services available.

ross warren
Posted on 1 Mar 2007 3:55 pm (Report this annotation)

We are one of the Familes that are directly affected by this measure. I am happy to confirm that system works very well, were children have been brought to the attention of socail seervices with regular visting to confirm the wellbeing of the child in question. The extra support we have recived has been helpful without being over intrusive.