A very interesting article exploring the rights of foster carers. Sarah Anderson, who chairs the England & Wales foster care workers branch of the IWGB, says that "a central, independent regulatory body for foster care workers, along with a tribunal system to determine whether or not to revoke someone’s ability to foster" is needed. She claims that with this system in place "we can create a fair and transparent way to register and deregister foster care workers."
But it is not just about regulation of foster care workers, it is also about their rights, allowing them to have a say in working conditions and providing whistleblowing protection.
This is a fascinating view point and I look forward to seeing whether this idea is developed and challenged in the future.
Last week a fellow foster care worker came to me, desperate for help. They had been repeatedly forced to use a food bank in order to provide for the child in their care. The Fostering Network’s bleak State of the Nation report therefore came as no surprise, bar one comment: “a crisis is looming”. To those of us working as foster care workers, it is all too clear that this crisis is already here.