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Children’s Minister takes fostering questions at APPG

Minister marks the start of Foster Care Fortnight

Young people with experience of care put questions about foster care to a panel of experts and politicians at the All Party Parliamentary Group on young people last week.

Children's Minister Tim Loughton, Chief Executive of the Fostering Network, Robert Tapsfield, two care experienced young people and a foster carer responded to questions and issues raised.

The APPG, chaired by Ed Timpson MP, takes place every month and is organised by the Who Cares? Trust, a charity supporting children in care. The focus of this month's meeting was on foster care as it fell during Foster Care Fortnight, the Fostering Network's annual awareness campaign to raise the profile of fostering and encourage more people to foster.

Robert Tapsfield said:

"There are more and more children coming into care and thousands more foster carers with the right skills and experience are needed across the UK, particularly to look after teenagers." 

To mark the start of Foster Care Fortnight, Children's Minister Tim Loughton said:

"Foster carers are the unsung heroes of our care system. They do a fantastic, selfless job helping children build stable relationships that last into adulthood. The shortage of foster carers is a particular concern, especially for teenage children. We support and fund Foster Care Fortnight to help get more people to come forward to be foster parents.

"We have also developed a new Foster Carers' Charter this year so that foster parents know what help and support they can expect from local authorities. I encourage all local areas to sign up, use it to recruit more foster carers and improve local fostering services."