announced that a code of practice on recruitment and selection of foster carers is being prepared for issue next year.
Addressing a conference on national standards and foster care in Perth, Mr Galbraith said: 'Increasingly nowadays foster carers take on children and young people with considerable needs for love and support. They are often balancing difficult tensions, including arrangements for appropriate contact with children's families. For these and many other reasons we need to treasure foster carers. That means valuing them for their skills and competencies and equally importantly for the crucial role they have in securing the best interests of the children and young people placed in their care.
'Foster carers also need consistent high quality support from the relevant authorities and agencies. As evidence of the Scottish
practice on recruitment and selection of foster carers for Scotland. I know the equivalent document recently published for England and Wales has been widely welcomed. As you are well aware, we have some distinct features of law and practice here which make it right that we should produce our own code. This should be ready for issue early next year.'