Foster care matching needs resource boost to tackle “crisis” decision-making, research finds

Foster care matching needs more resource to tackle the “crisis atmosphere” of many placement decisions, research has recommended.

What Works for Children’s Social Care said increased funding was needed to enable social workers to “enact” the National Minimum Standard (NMS) on matching (standard 15). This requires a placement match to meet a child’s needs and be consistent with their wishes and feelings, and for foster carers to be provided with all the appropriate information about a child.

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