By Sarah Cassidy, Social Affairs Correspondent. The Independent.
Thursday 5th August 2010
Britain’s fostering system is being strained to breaking point in the wake of the tragic death of Baby Peter, and the system will collapse unless more carers are recruited, a leading charity has warned.
Public spending cuts only threaten to make an already fragile situation worse and put the welfare of the most vulnerable children at risk, warns the report by the Fostering Network, which is entitled Bursting at the Seams.
It reveals that the care system is under extreme pressure following the unprecedented rise in children being taken into care since the death of Peter Connelly in 2007. The report found that almost six in 10 local authorities are having difficulty in finding the right homes for children, with only a third reporting that they had been able to find appropriate placements
The British Association for Adoption and Fostering warned that local authority budget cuts could jeopardise the wellbeing of the most vulnerable children.….more
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