Foster Care

Department for Education written question – answered on 4th February 2015.

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Photo of Steve McCabe Steve McCabe Shadow Minister (Education)

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 15 January 2015 to Question 220175, for what reasons her Department has decided not to take any proactive steps to reduce the disparity between local authorities in meeting the six-week regulation for visits of children within the first year of a private fostering arrangement.

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

As with other aspects of local authority performance, private fostering arrangements are inspected by Ofsted. They will take performance in this area into account in determining overall inspection ratings. The Department for Education intervenes robustly on the back of such judgements.

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