A significant minority of foster carers feel pressured and disrespected by social workers, a survey suggests.
Charity the Fostering Network polled 2,530 foster carers. Close to a third said they had been contacted by social workers about children outside the range of those they normally cared for. And of that third, three quarters said they received no special help with the youngsters they took on, while half said they had felt under pressure to accept them.
Fifty-eight per cent complained that their carer’s allowance did not cover their costs, and more than 30 per cent believed social workers rarely gave them all relevant information about a particular child when they agreed to take them on.
One foster carer told the Network:
“Many social workers, particularly the child’s team, often afford us no respect whatsoever… it’s something that needs improving.”
The charity’s chief executive, Kevin Williams, said the findings suggested that foster carers were seen as being “at the bottom of the decision making around children” and “not treated as professionals”.
Read the report, entitled State of the Nation’s Foster Care 2016, here.
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