The The Norfolk Foster Care Association has criticised proposed government reforms to the foster care system, saying they do not deal with the growing problem of false allegations, which it claims are discouraging potential foster carers.
In a letter to Education Secretary Michael Gove, chair Raymond Bewry said that when children are removed from foster care after allegations of abuse they are not returned even if the allegations are later proved to be false.
The association is demanding that foster carers get a “fair trial” and that the government monitors how local authorities deal with complaints more closely.
Mr Bewry said:
“It is clearly important that this needs to be addressed if responsible people are to be encouraged into fostering, and to continue as foster carers”.
“If you want to recruit people you need to offer them the right protection and necessary support.”
The government reform programme must “take the bull by the horns and tackle the real issues”, he continued.
The government has pledged to do more to recruit and retain foster carers.
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