Solving the problem of a lack of foster carers is, of course, about a better digital service and sharing data. It’s also about supporting people.
Following on from my previous post, we identified how supporting foster carers, all the way through their fostering lifecycle, could have a significant impact on keeping people involved. We outlined how starting with improving the application process and opening up data about vacancies and capacity, we can start to make a big difference to the number of people who can care for looked after children.
Indeed, last week, the awaited national stocktake of fostering concluded with a published report of the state of fostering in England. In it, Sir Martin Narey and Mark Owers highlighted an opportunity to better understand the existing capacity.