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CARERS CALL ON COUNCILS TO INCREASE FOSTERING INVESTMENT

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Foster carers need to be paid more, in order to address a national crisis in ...
Foster carers need to be paid more, in order to address a national crisis in

fostering, BBC Radio Four's Today programme heard this morning.

Robert Tapsfield, executive director of the Fostering Network, which

represents foster carers, told the programme there was a shortage of around

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

a child.

'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)

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