Some local authorities are deliberately trying to break up foster placements in order to save money, foster carers have claimed.
In a newly published survey of independent agencies, the National Association of Fostering Providers claims that a significant number of placements come under pressure from local authorities keen to cut costs and save on agency fees. Affected children are pushed into alternative, in-house foster placements, or into arrangements featuring special guardianship orders (SGOs) despite happy placements with their existing foster carers. Even adoption is sometimes prioritised, the report claims.
According to the report, “[foster] carers have been told to take an SGO.. or adopt them.”
The Association continues:
“If they don’t, [the carers are told that] ‘the children may have to be moved to in house foster carers’”.
In some cases, affected children have threatened to chain themselves to their beds to avoid being made to move.
Such pressures breach regulations, the report states, and deprive the affected children of good “stable and beneficial placements” for purely financial reasons.
The report is entitled Placement Disruption – A review of cases of children in care in England and Wales where stable placements are threatened for financial reasons.
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