fostering, BBC Radio Four's Today programme heard this morning.
Robert Tapsfield, executive director of the Fostering Network, which
8,000 foster carers nationwide. The result is that children often have to be
placed with carers outside thir home area.
'We think foster carers are not paid sufficient allowances,' he said. Two
thirds of foster carers are not paid the£100 a week that the Fostering
Network believes is the mimimum needed to cover the costs of looking after
'The government needs to set up a system of national allowances,' he said.
'We're calling on the government and local authorities to ensure that
there's increased investment in foster care.'
SHORTAGE OF FOSTER CARERS 'HAS REACHED CRITICAL LEVELS'(Fostering Network)