Accessibility Options Printer friendly Email us Contact us

Foster Families Oral Question, 06/02/14 [S]

During Question Time on 6 February 2014 David Torrance (SNP) asked the Scottish Government what action it is taking to increase the number of foster families.

The Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning, Michael Russell, replied that great appreciation should be shown to all foster carers. The Scottish Government has provided more than 1 million to the Fostering Network, partly to enable it to raise awareness of fostering through its annual campaign. Many local authorities run campaigns, which have been successful in reducing the shortage in the number of fostering households. The gap was 1,700 in 2011 and is now 850.

No one can be complacent. Last year, the Scottish Government ran a fostering recruitment and retention seminar in support of foster care fortnight and established a forum to share experiences. It also recently announced its response to the foster care review.

For the full answer to this and any subsidiary questions see the Scottish Parliament Official Report 6 February 2014 which is available from the Scottish Parliament website.

Further Information

Scottish Parliament Official Report 6 February 2014