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Education Select Committee launches fostering inquiry

Written submissions sought by 25th November 2016

The House of Commons Education Select Committee has launched an inquiry into fostering in England. This inquiry will look at a range of fostering issues including the recruitment and retention of foster carers and concerns over reductions in the number of available foster care places.

The Committee's fostering inquiry will also examine the support for and treatment of foster carers, the involvement of young people in their foster care, and the increased role of private companies (independent fostering agencies), in providing children's foster care.

The inquiry will be held at a time when the number of looked-after children is higher than at any point since 1985, when the number of available foster care places has decreased, and when foster carer recruitment has slowed.

The Education Committee invites written submissions addressing the following points:

Views can be submitted through the fostering inquiry page.

The deadline for written submissions is Friday 25 November 2016. The public evidence sessions for this inquiry are likely to begin in January 2017.

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