This is probably the clearest explanation I’ve seen yet of the potential charging for foster care that’s currently incited shock across the nation.
Much kudos to suesspiciousminds for the work in clearing this up so much.
Or, on an Alan Partridge vibe “Cashback!” (Have been hitting the Partridge in readiness for the film, apologies)
The legal implications of the mooted proposals from Worcestershire to charge parents for voluntary foster care.
Worcestershire are of course, only consulting on the scheme at the moment, and haven’t made any decisions; but the idea in a nutshell is that where a parent can’t look after a child and the child goes into voluntary foster care, the parent would be charged by Worcestershire to recover the costs of this (subject to the parents means)
There are, as we know, two distinct categories of services that a Local Authority provides for children in need
- Section 17 services to meet their needs
- Section 20 accommodation of children who have to live away from their families for whatever reason.
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