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ADSS REPORT URGES COUNCILS TO REVIEW FOSTER CARE POLICIES

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A report published this morning by the Association of Directors of Social Services says foster care services are un...
A report published this morning by the Association of Directors of Social Services says foster care services are under enormous pressure and not always meeting the needs of children, report BBC Cambridgeshire, BBC Three Counties, BBC Radio Wales, BBC Essex and BBC Leicester.

The ADSS is urging local authorities to scrutinise their work and make improvements. The report follows a year long inquiry into the service. It says councils must constantly assess the training it provides and efforts it makes to recruit more foster parents.

BBC Essex says the service is facing a shortage of foster carers with the report blaming cuts in training budgets, which has stopped families gaining the qualifications needed.

BBC Leicestershire reports that foster carers in the county say more back-up must be given by social services to prevent a fall in the number of carers.

But Leicestershire social services department says its recruitment project has been successful in creating 100 new foster places a year.

Carol Watson, of Leicestershire Foster Carers Association, said problems can only be avoided if back-up is provided in future.

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