The Fostering Network is calling on all governments of the UK to enable children and young people who move within, or out of, the care system to be able to maintain their most important relationships.
The Fostering Network have launched this campaign and report which shows the views of children and foster carers. Interestingly, the report shows how a quarter of foster carers rarely, or never, keep in contact with former foster children. Over half of the children said their social worker did not support them keeping in contact with previous carers.
The report, Keep Connected: Maintaining Relationships When Moving On, spoke to over 175 children and young people, and over 1,100 foster carers. A survey of young people showed: • 22 per cent of children and young people in care, and care leavers, never keep in contact with former foster carers. • 29 per cent of children and young people in care, and care leavers, have been prevented from having contact with a former foster carer. • 55 per cent of children and young people in care, and care leavers, said their social worker does not support them to keep in contact at all. • 81 per cent of children and young people in care, and care leavers, said that it was important to be able to keep in touch with foster carers they have lived with.