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Fostering Programme Support for Local Authorities Oral Question, 28/01/15 [S]

During Portfolio Question Time on 28 January 2015 Roderick Campbell (SNP) asked the Scottish Government what support it provides to local authorities for fostering programmes.

The Minister for Children and Young People, Fiona McLeod replied, local authorities are responsible for the provision of foster care in their areas, which is supported through the block grant. The Scottish Government provided more than 1 million between 2007 and 2014 to the Fostering Network to support local authorities and the wider sector to recruit, retain and develop foster carers.

The Scottish Government produced the first national guidance to help local authorities to commission foster care more effectively and in line with the needs of each child. We are looking at ways in which we can provide more direct support to local authorities in strategic commissioning, and at how we cold optimise recruitment.

In response to the foster care review that was published in 2014, the Scottish Government agreed to progress recommendations that will support local authorities in improving the way in which fostering services are run, and to expand the skills of foster carers.

For the full answer to this and any subsidiary questions see the Scottish Parliament Official Report 28 January 2015 which is available from the Scottish Parliament website.

Further Information

Scottish Parliament Official Report 28 January 2015