‘The pursuit of permanence should be moved to the centre ground of policy at the Department for Education.’

Foster Care in England: A Review for the Department for Education by Sir Martin Narey and Mark Owers, 2018.

Grandparents Plus welcomes the focus on achieving permanent homes for children who can’t live with their parents represented throughout the Foster Care in England review.  We also welcome it as an opportunity to further recognise permanence arrangements in all of their forms.  While the report directly addresses the experiences of the 53,420 children in foster care, some recommendations are important also to consider for the benefit of the estimated 152,910 children currently growing up in kinship care, most of whom have no entitlement to support.  A commitment to supporting permanent homes in all of their forms, including guaranteeing long term financial support for those carers with Special Guardianship Orders and others who need it, would be life changing for the thousands of kinship carers currently struggling to make ends meet.