Issue details

Retention of Foster Carers

Nationally there is a shortage of foster carers. The more foster carers Lancashire is able to recruit and retain, the more able we are to place Lancashire children with Lancashire foster carers. This not only results in a financial saving, but also allows our most vulnerable children to be cared for by foster carers assessed and supported by Lancashire County Council. This report sets out a strategy to support the recruitment and retention of foster carers in Lancashire County Council including:


(i) Support to Lancashire foster carers who are also employees of Lancashire 

County Council Fostering Wellbeing Activity Programme;

(ii) Retainer fees;

(iii) Word of mouth referrals;

(iv) Welcome recommendation for new applicants.

Decision type: Non-key

Decision status: For Determination

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Notice of proposed decision first published: 04/11/2020

Anticipated restriction: Part I  -

Decision due: 3 Dec 2020 by Cabinet

Lead member: Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Schools

Lead director: Executive Director of Education and Children's Services

Contact: Barbara Bath, Head of Service Adoption, Fostering, Adoption & Residential YOT Email: Tel: 01772 535491.

Agenda items