We are almost coming to the end of the year and so many of you maybe still wondering whether it is possible to hit your recruitment target for 2016. The year has passed us by so quickly, before you know it, we will be approaching 2017.
What are your hopes and aspirations for the year ahead? I hope they are positive ones.
Recruiting more foster carers is still going to be in high demand next year. What will you be doing differently to achieve your desired recruitment target?
“MPs have launched an inquiry into fostering in England … a time when the number of looked-after children is at its highest point since 1985."
The House of Commons Education Committee will look into the recruitment and retention of foster carers and concerns over reductions in the number of available foster care places.
It will also examine the support for and treatment of foster carers, the involvement of young people in their foster care… Fostering is a huge commitment and foster carers play a crucial role in making a positive contribution to the health, well-being, and future prospects of the children in their care,’ said committee chair Neil Carmichael.
‘There are more children in care than at any point since 1985 and there are very real concerns of a shortfall in the number of families available to foster and about the support offered to foster carers.’
52,050 of the 69,540 of the children looked after at 31 March 2015 were in a foster placement, according to Local Gov.
It’s apparent that the challenge of recruiting suitable quality foster carers is continuing to rise. Who knows how long it will take for the MPs to get to the bottom of this crisis. In the meantime, what are you going to do to tackle this problem? You can’t just sit there and think that a magic wand is going to sort this mess out because it won’t. We all have a part to play. What role will you play?
A large sum of money was given to the Fostering Network and three local authorities back in 20, to identify the root causes of some of the challenges with recruiting and retaining foster carers. The research that they conduct proved to be successful at the time because they devised amazing resources that enabled independent foster agencies and the local fostering agencies to use in their recruitment campaign. Although these resources are wildly accessible to be used, there still continues to be a shortage of more foster carers coming forward and there still is a big problem with retaining carers once they have been recruited. Which indicates that more work needs to be done.
- So over to you, did you recruit enough foster carers this year?
- Have you tried various recruitment strategies and still feel like there’s no way you will reach your goals?
- Or did you come up with brand new thinking out of the box, fresh ideas that other agencies were not using and attracted more foster carers?
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