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Fostering inquiry resumes

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The Education Select Committee’s inquiry into fostering has been resumed from the previous Parliament and will take further evidence next week.

The inquiry was launched by the previous Education Committee in October 2016, and has previously covered issues including the capacity of the foster care system, working conditions for foster carers, and the roles and relationships of local authority and independent foster care providers.

This week, the committee will hear evidence from Alison Michalska, President of the Association of Directors of Children’s Services, Christina Brandi, Fostering Service Manager at Action for Children and Professor Ray Jones, Emeritus Professor of Social Work at Kingston University and St George’s, University of London

Chief Executive, The Adolescent and Children’s Trust, Andy Elvin and Steve Miley, the Director of Children’s Services at Hammersmith and Fulham Council will also give evidence to the committee on Tuesday.

The session will focus on placement stability and the appropriate matching of young people to foster carers, and will also discuss the different structural and delivery models which local authorities are currently implementing to deliver their children’s services.

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