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Fostering Scheme (Kent)

Volume 975: debated on Tuesday 11 December 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will make a study of the Kent county council fostering scheme with a view to making national recommendations.

An independent evaluation of the Kent special family placement project has already been made and a report was published in September 1978. The results were extremely encouraging and showed that about two-thirds of the placements in the project were successful. The Department's regional social work service provides encouragement and help for local authorities and voluntary organisations to mount similar schemes and there are already some 23 professional fostering schemes operating throughout the country.