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Our foster care system is failing some of the most vulnerable young people in Britain

Time for a new approach, which provides more support where it is needed

By Robert Halfon  

Last month the Education Select Committee, of which I am Chair, published a new report on fostering. It calls for efforts to be redoubled to ensure that as a country we value foster children, carers and the care system.

At present, the sad reality is that the foster care system in England is under significant pressure. Some of the most vulnerable young people in society are being failed by a system which doesn’t meet their needs. Foster children currently face a lottery of care, the prospect of frequent moves from one home to…

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