Austin Macauley 21 September 2015

FOI request exposes upheaval experienced by foster children

A freedom of information request has revealed that a quarter of foster children have to move home at least twice a year.

Action for Children is using the data to step up its campaign to encourage more people to come forward as foster parents.

The charity’s chief executive, Sir Tony Hawkhead, said in some cases children as young as four had been moved three times in the space of a year.

‘Sadly we know that it can be necessary to move children from their current foster homes as relationships between a carer and child can break down, especially for children who have faced the most traumatic experiences and find it hard to trust someone new.

‘However, too many children in care are still facing instability in their lives. That’s why we urgently need more dedicated foster carers to help children and young people overcome trauma by helping them to love and trust again, feel safe, rebuild their sense of worth and belonging.’

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