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Foster Carers Written Answer, 07/09/11 [S]

Written Answer given in response to Jamie Hepburn's (SP) question asking the Scottish Executive how many registered foster carers there are.

The Minister for Children and Young People, Angela Constance, replied that the Scottish Government does not collect information centrally on the number of registered foster carers. This information would only be available by contacting all the fostering services that are registered with the independent regulator, Social Care and Social Work Improvement Scotland (SCSWIS).

However, The Fostering Network in Scotland website states that “There are currently 4,697 children and young people in foster care in Scotland, not including those living with family members and friends. These children are looked after by some 3,300 foster families, all of whom are members of the Fostering Network Scotland.”

For the full answer to this and other questions see the Scottish Parliament Written Answer Report 7 September 2011 which is available from the Scottish Parliament website.

Further Information

Scottish Parliament Written Answer Report 7 September 2011