HC Deb 25 November 2002 vol 395 cc135-6W
Mr. Burstow

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the impact of the recruitment drive to recruit foster carers. [82034]

Jacqui Smith

There was a national recruitment drive in 2000. The campaign succeeded in its aim to raise the public profile of foster care, help establish a positive image of foster care as vocational and professional, and challenge the stigma of children being in public care. It resulted in a large number of people requesting the information packs. The choice protects review is considering recruitment of foster carers and there is a clear message that the best recruitment campaigns are those delivered locally, so that the methods of recruitment can be responsive to local populations. The Department is supporting work on this through a Section 64 grant to fostering network, who are working with local authorities to develop advice on how best to go about recruitment.