Encouraging more people to become foster parents is a crucial part of the Welsh government’s plans, writes the deputy minister for social services in the Welsh government.
Our Programme for Government sets out our vision to transform children’s services in Wales. Our ambition is for whole system change, with more children and young people supported to remain with their families and fewer entering care. We also want to ensure the time spent in care is as short as possible.
Part of this agenda includes a commitment to “eliminate private profit from the care of children looked after”.
Care-experienced young people have told us very clearly they do not wish to be looked after by privately owned organisations that make a profit from their time in care. We agree with them. No one should be making money from the challenges some young people and their families face. We will legislate to make sure that, in Wales, the market in children and young people’s care will end.
The future of care in Wales will be provided by public sector, charitable or not-for-profit organisations, with opportunities for private providers to transition to not-for-profit entities.