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To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether he plans to establish a regulatory body for foster agencies.
Fostering is a devolved matter. All fostering agencies registered in England are subject to regulations relevant to the placement of children in foster care including the Fostering Services (England) Regulations (2011) and the Care Standards Act (2000). These regulations provide the legal framework for the conduct of fostering services and sit alongside the national minimum standards in fostering. Ofsted take this framework into account in the inspection of fostering services in England but has no remit in the devolved administrations.
The department believes that the current system is robust and have no plans to introduce a separate regulatory body at this time.