Children’s Care Homes: Reform Debate

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Department: Department for Education
Monday 20th November 2023

(6 months ago)

Lords Chamber
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Baroness Barran Portrait Baroness Barran (Con)
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I do not agree with that. While I agree that children in care homes potentially have more severe mental health issues, I think that, typically, children who go into a care home have also experienced severe neglect and abuse, and have more complex needs than those who are fostered.

Baroness Butler-Sloss Portrait Baroness Butler-Sloss (CB)
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My Lords, what efforts are the Government making to support a lot more foster carers?

Baroness Barran Portrait Baroness Barran (Con)
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The Government are making a great deal of effort in this area. We are investing over £27 million, in this spending review period, in a foster care recruitment and retention programme. That will start in the north-east, with £3 million for a pathfinder hub; the additional £24 million will be for a wider rollout.