Lords want register to be put in bill

Peers are again calling on the government to set up a register of
private foster carers.

Conservative peers Earl Howe and Baroness Morris of Bolton last
week tabled amendments to the new Children and Adoption Bill
calling on councils to keep a register of people who act as private
foster parents in their area.

The government inserted a sunset clause into the Children Act 2004
allowing it to establish a register at a later date if councils did
not put in place other safeguards.

Other amendments to the bill focus on ensuring children’s safety
when contact arrangements are made.

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