SEVEN Thurrock foster carers had to be suspended despite a national shortage because of insufficient standards of care, it has been revealed.
Dan Jones, Thurrock’s strategic lead for looked after children, gave an update on a fostering recruitment campaign to the children’s services committee.
He said: “The national context is challenging for local authorities. Independent agencies like Ofsted are reporting that demand for foster carers is exceeding the number available nationally and people are more likely to enquire about fostering but less likely to proceed with an application.
“In July 2022 the care review was published and a recommendation from the national review was there should be a centrally led campaign seeking to recruit 3,000 additional carers each year for the next three years which is an incredibly challenging target.”