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COUNCILS NEED PRIVATE FOSTERING INSPECTION POWERS

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Local authorities should have the power to inspect private fostering ...
Local authorities should have the power to inspect private fostering

arrangements, BBC Radio Four's Today programme was told this morning.

This could help prevent tragedies such as those of Victoria Climbié and

Toni-Ann Byfield, who were sent from Nigeria to foster parents in the UK.

Liberal Democrat Baroness Barker said the Children Bill does not go far

enough to regulate private fostering arrangement. The Bill requires people

to notify local authorities about these arrangements.

'There is a need to enable local authorities to have the power to inspect

and to regulate and to approve private fostering arrangments,' Lady Barker

said.

REVIEW INTO THE DEATH OF TONI-ANN BYFIELD(ACPC)

CHILDREN BILL: BIGGEST REFORM OF SERVICES FOR 30 YEARS SET OUT(DfES)

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