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More than half of foster carers have considered giving up the role due to the rising cost of living, a survey has found.
Sarah Anderson, the founder of FosterWiki – an information service for foster carers – has warned that the system will be 26,000 foster carers short by 2026 “if nothing is done to address this serious problem”.
The survey of 1,064 foster carers found that 54 per cent had considered resigning due to soaring living costs.
Robin Findlay, General Secretary, NUPFC spoke to BBC Look East about alligations of bullying an intimidation of foster carers by councils.
A foster carer said she believed she was mistreated and bullied by a council to stop her questioning the authority.
Claire, not her real name, said Milton Keynes Council referred her inappropriately to safeguarding and “intimidated” her in meetings. She felt it came after she started to “speak on behalf of some of my children”. An ombudsman later found fault “causing her injustice”.
Sarah Anderson, a leading campaigner for the rights of foster carers to receive a fully independent body to represent foster carers during allegations processes, says that so far allegations have mimicked disciplinary proceedings in every area except one, where it comes to the rights of the carer.
The National Union of Professional Foster Carers are delighted to announce that Cheshire East Council has been providing information to their foster carers about the services provided by the NUPFC saying that fosterer carers are free to join and can be assured that they will not in any way be judged by doing so.
A UNION which represents foster carers said it wants to be “closely involved” with the new trust which will run Bradford’s Children’s Services.