The Fostering Network has released a report on areas of unmet need for children in foster care in the UK. Findings from a survey of 3,352 foster carer respondents in 2021 include: 25% were looking after at least one child who they felt needed mental health support but was not getting it; and 9% cared for a child with a fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) diagnosis over the previous 24 months, of which a third received follow up support post-diagnosis. Recommendations include that the government fund the development of training to raise awareness of care experience and how it can impact children.
Read the news story: The unmet needs of children in foster care: charity warns of multiple shortcomings to support children’s health, education and cultural needs
Download the report: State of the nation’s foster care 2021: thematic report 3: children’s unmet needs (PDF)
Source: The Fostering Network
Date: 28 June 2022