Sharing the care: making fostering fairer in Scotland



21 January 2014 - Roxburghe Hotel, Edinburgh



Who is looking after our most vulnerable children in Scotland?

In 2012, over 5,200 children and young people were looked after by foster carers. Foster carers are the largest source of care and support for those children who need to be looked after away from home - so how do we get it right for foster carers?

Children in Scotland is delighted to host a day where the Scottish Government will respond to the National Foster Care Review's report and recommendations. We will discuss the report, the Scottish Government response and agree specific actions for implementing the recommendations and how we make sure progress is achieved over the next few years.

Key issues for discussion:

• A learning and development framework for foster carers
• Placement limits, fees and allowances
• Guidance describing the different types and purposes of foster care placements
• The progress of social pedagogy models
• Safeguarding children and the role of the Care Inspectorate.


Confirmed speakers:


  • Alan Baird, Chief Social Work Advisor, Scottish Government
  • Sandra Paterson, Chair, National Foster Care Review
  • Sara Lurie, Director, The Fostering Network Scotland
  • Ben Ashcroft, author of 51 Moves



Who should attend: The day is aimed at social workers, social care Heads of Service, private foster care agencies, foster carers and those providing services for looked after children. Special reduced rates will be applied for foster carers wishing to attend.


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