HARLOW MP and Commons Education Committee Chair, Robert Halfon, presented his report on Fostering to the House of Commons Chamber.
The main recommendations of the report were:
Ensuring all young people in foster care are meaningfully engaged, have full access to advocacy services and where possible are placed with their siblings.
The establishment of a national college for foster carers, which will work to improve working conditions.
A national recruitment and awareness campaign to increase capacity in the foster care system.
Robert Halfon said:
“Foster children in Harlow are some of the most vulnerable young people in our community but they are currently being failed by a care system which doesn’t meet their needs. Foster children shouldn’t face the prospect of a dizzying number of placements nor should they be excluded from decisions about their future. Efforts need to be
redoubled to place Harlow children with their siblings.
We must also do more to to recognise the valuable service which foster carers in Harlow provide. Establishing a national college, which would work towards improving working conditions for carers and provide a resource for training and support, would help with this.
Social Justice is the primary objective of our Committee and it is vital that fostered young people in Harlow are as able to climb the educational ladder of opportunity as anybody else. That is the purpose of this report”
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