It’s not often that a government announcement sees me punching my fist in the air and shouting “brilliant”, but it happened this week.
Put simply, the Government is going to make it possible for young people in care to stay with their foster families until they’re 21.
It’s been demonstrated that fostering is often the best option for young people whose parents can’t care for them (for whatever reason) – they are likely to achieve better educationally and less likely to end up in prison or on the streets. Turfing them out at 18 to fend for themselves makes absolutely no sense. By giving young people an extra three years to make the transition to adulthood, this simple, compassionate measure really does have the potential to change lives.
So full marks to Edward Timpson, the Children and Families Minister for introducing this measure.Links: Official press announcement: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/children-to-stay-with-foster-families-until-21 BBC report http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-25201336
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