Anne Longfield, Children’s Commissioner for England, responds to Department for Education’s publication of ‘Foster Care in England’
Anne Longfield, the Children’s Commissioner for England yesterday responded to the Department for Education’s publication of ‘Foster Care in England’.
Anne Longfield, the Children’s Commissioner for England said:
“All children, including those in foster care, need and deserve the love, care and support of a family. I welcome this review of fostering which shines a light on what being in foster care feels like for a child.
“I support many of the report’s recommendations, including giving clearer guidance to help foster carers so they know they are allowed to give their foster children physical affection like hugs and kisses, if the child wants them. I also support plans to give foster carers more freedom to make day to day parenting decisions.
“We know from the foster children we speak to that what they dislike most is the instability in the system and the stigma associated with being looked after. So we need to see the Government and local authorities prioritise stability of placement for children in care and for foster children to be treated like any other child and receive the same opportunities as others.
“However, I do not support the recommendations to remove Independent Reviewing Officers. We know from cases referred to our advice service Help at Hand that IROs often raise the alarm about a child’s situation that needs help to resolve.
“There are 70,000 children in the care of the state and they have faced more challenges in their short lives than most of us will ever know. The majority will live with foster families who have the immense responsibility to provide the secure and loving environment they need to help them recover and flourish. The Government’s ambitions for those children should be high and this report provides an opportunity for Ministers to do all they can to build a world-class foster system – loving, secure, stable and aspirational, with children’s voices at its heart. They must take it.”
Latest News from
Leon Feinstein writes about early intervention ahead of Select Committee appearance20/02/2018 14:20:00
Today our Director of Evidence, Professor Leon Feinstein, gives evidence to the Commons Science and Technology Select Committee’s inquiry into ‘evidence-based early-years intervention’. Below, Leon sets out some of the issues around the use of evidence to inform the delivery of early intervention.
Anne Longfield responds to Northern Powerhouse Partnership study02/02/2018 15:10:00
Anne Longfield, the Children’s Commissioner for England, responded to the Northern Powerhouse Partnership study warning that too many children in the North are not receiving the education they need
Young Carers Awareness Day: ensuring young carers receive the support they need25/01/2018 16:20:00
Anne Longfield, the Children’s Commissioner for England today spoke on Young Carers Awareness Day.
Children unprepared for social media ‘cliff edge’ as they start secondary school, Children’s Commissioner for England warns in new report04/01/2018 16:05:00
New report on effects of social media on 8-to-12-year-olds shows the way children use social media and its effects on their wellbeing hits a ‘cliff edge’ when they start secondary school.