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Fostering services face crisis in morale and funding: Observer report

The Observer has reported the findings of a survey by Fostering Network that there is a critical shortage in foster placements. The government stands accused of 'relying on goodwill of carers to supplement the state'.

According to the Observer, the survey "reveals a system under strain, resulting in mismatches between carers and the children they are asked to look after. Only 53% of the thousands of foster carers who took part said they had been given enough information about the children in their care. The survey also identified increasing mental health challenges among carers, who were often asked to take on more than their experience and expertise suggested they could reasonably manage without further training and support."

For the report, click here.