HC Deb 10 November 2003 vol 413 c80W
Mr. Wray

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans he has to allow for short break provision to be granted to foster carers; what additional support can be given in cases where foster parents have allegations made against them: and if he will make a statement. [133124]

Margaret Hodge

Foster carers can already receive "short breaks" and the Fostering Services National Minimum Standards (March 2002) require the provision of independent support to foster carers during an investigation. The Green Paper, "Every Child Matters" contains a number of proposals to improve the recruitment and retention of foster carers. These include improving support for carers facing allegations and improved short break provision. The Green Paper is now out for consultation until 1 December 2003.

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