Rising numbers of Somerset children put into care

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By abbie_taunton | Tuesday, February 19, 2013, 15:50

Somerset County Council have revealed that over 100 more foster carers are needed in the next year to keep up with the rising number of children in care.

Last week The Fostering Network announced that 9,000 new foster families are need in the UK over the next 12 months.

Currently, there are around 250 foster carers in Somerset, but the council have said another 100 to 150 are needed.

Councillor Frances Nicholson, The Council's Children and Families chief, said: "It is our responsibility to make sure children and young people in Somerset are safe.

"Children who have come into our care have often experienced trauma and neglect.

"We have a duty to give them a loving and stable home, where they can thrive and begin to reach their potential," he added.

Over the past four years the number of children in care in Somerset has risen by around 26%, reflecting the national rise in the number of children taken into care.

The evidence is strongly linked with the 'Baby Peter Connelly' case, as more people now report signs of abuse or neglect.

Cllr Nicholson continued: "We need more people to become foster carers in Somerset. All you need is a spare room in your home, willingness to help a child, bucket loads of patience and a willingness to learn.

"We welcome people from all walks of life to apply to foster," he added, "It doesn't matter if you are single, married or in a same sex relationship, own or rent your home, have children of your own or not."

To find out more about becoming a foster carer and the different types of foster care, visit: www.fosteringinsomerset.org.uk or phone 0800 587 9900 for an information pack.

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