TACT has been working with the government and Department for Education for the last two years to strengthen regulations on long term fostering. We are delighted that new measures introduced on 1 April will see a legal definition of long term fostering introduced for the first time in England.
When the DfE was asking for views, we consulted with the young people in our care about other changes they would want to see. For example, their suggestion that reviews should be less frequent after a year in placement, has also been incorporated into the new regulations.
While the Government did not adopt all of TACT’s recommendations, we hope that these changes will lead to increased security and stability for young people in foster care.
Read the new measures: The Care Planning and Fostering (Miscellaneous Amendments) (England) Regulations 2015