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The Bill will introduce significant improvements across the housing sector to ensure that people have access to a decent, affordable home and better housing-related services.
Legislative programme 2013 - 2014 »
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Section highlightProject pipeline update - December 2013
This Wales Infrastructure Investment Plan annex highlights planned investments and potential procurement opportunities.
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Children in foster care fall into two main groups, those looked after by a local authority and those fostered privately. We value the role that foster carers play in providing a home for these children.
Three quarters of children in care in Wales are living in foster placements. These are either provided through the local authority or an independent fostering provider.
Our strategy for social services over the next ten years recognises that foster carers:
- are part of the team delivering services to vulnerable children
- value support, and
- have much to contribute as part of this team.
Foster carers have a challenging role, which calls for a range of skills, training and support to meet the diverse needs of children.
Allowances and support for carers
We are committed to implementing fairer and more equitable systems in allowances and support to foster carers that also recognises and to reward those who are highly skilled in caring for children with sometimes complex needs. We have commissioned research to look at developing a national fees and support framework to provide a structured approach to support carers and reward them for the care they provide.
In addition with the Care Council for Wales we are developing a draft Foster Carer Training, Support and Development Induction Standards Framework and accompanying workbooks and guidance. The Induction Standards Framework sets out the skills and competencies that foster carers should be able to demonstrate and will be mapped to National Minimum Standards for Foster Care.
Each of the outcomes in the Framework includes detailed guidance and examples on how to evidence achievement against each outcome. The Induction Standards Framework will play a key role in ensuring that providers make appropriate opportunities and support available to their carers in developing their skills and competencies.
Private foster care occurs when a child a child under 16 (or 18 if disabled) is looked after for more than 28 days by an adult who is not a relative by a private arrangement made between their parent and the carer. Children may be in private foster care if they are cared for on a full time basis by someone other than a parent, someone with parental responsibility for them or a relative.