Foster Care

Education written question – answered at on 6 January 2014.

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Photo of Paul Goggins Paul Goggins Labour, Wythenshawe and Sale East

To ask the Secretary of State for Education what arrangements he is making to extend the provision of foster care up to age 21.

Photo of Edward Timpson Edward Timpson The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

The Government intends to propose an amendment to the Children and Families Bill that will make a significant change to the legislation regarding care leavers. This amendment will be tabled for the House of Lords Third Reading of the Children and Families Bill.

The amendment will place a new legal duty on local authorities to support every care leaver who wants to stay with their former foster parents until their 21st birthday (“staying put” arrangements). This duty will come into force from April 2014 and we will be giving local authorities £40 million over the next three years to put the support arrangements in place.

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