The government should launch a national recruitment campaign for foster carers, the Association of Directors of Children’s Services (ADCS) has claimed.
Speaking to the parliamentary Education Select Committee, ADCS president Alison Michalska said the number of new foster carers recruited was nowhere near enough to replace those leave. She urged the government to take action in response.
“One of the things government could do is to get behind a national campaign for recruiting foster carers. To actually show the range of skills [they need].”
“I think that the more we can do to raise the profile of fostering as a worthwhile thing to do and such a valuable service. There could be more national campaigning to raise the awareness and the rewards also of being a foster carer. I think that would be really beneficial.”
In May the Fostering Network estimated that more than 7,000 new carers were needed to meet current demand.
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