Inspectors spot lack of child involvement

More than a quarter of fostering services do not meet the
minimum standard for consulting children, the Commission for Social
Care Inspection has revealed.

CSCI head Denise Platt told a Baaf Adoption and Fostering
conference last week: “I still hear too many children complain that
they have not been involved sufficiently in their reviews or
decisions about their placements or their education.”

Platt said the commission was starting a review of how fostering
services were regulated. She said there had been good progress in
the use of family placements – 81 per cent of looked-after children
were fostered or placed for adoption.

Baaf chief executive Felicity Collier said better recruitment and
remuneration was needed to increase the range of foster carers.

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