Over the last few months, the Education Select Committee have been taking evidence on fostering and how fostered children are supported. We have now released a report into our findings.
This is the first formal report that I have been involved with since becoming an MP, and I am delighted that we have managed to highlight some of the issues around fostering, allowing the Government to address those issues. One U-turn the Government has already made, is that foster parents will now be entitled to the full 30 hours free childcare for children they foster. This could help over 3000 children.
We still have a way to go to make sure that foster carers and children are fully supported, but this report is certainly a first step in the right direction.
You can read the full report here: https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201719/cmselect/cmeduc/340/340.pdf