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Child Fostering

Volume 931: debated on Tuesday 10 May 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what study he is making of the experience of local authorities that have placed 14 to 17 year olds with severe problems in private families.

The number of schemes of this kind is growing, though not all have reached the stage where they can be evaluated fully. Where reports have been made they have been carefully studied. A residential seminar on fostering schemes for children with special needs was held last November, and details of the schemes in operation are being circulated through my Department's Social Work Service.