TACT has welcomed a report published by the Scottish Education and Culture Committee. We are incredibly pleased to see that children and young people have been consulted with, and directly fed into the DoE report. The fact that the children involved are saying that they feel that they should have been taken into care earlier, shows how important it is to take their views into account.
As the UK’s largest fostering and adoption charity we feel that often care is viewed as a negative option for a child, but for many it’s a positive experience. We believe that children are more likely to thrive in a stable, secure foster placement than in a chaotic, potentially dangerous environment.
There will always be situations where after a short time in foster care, children will return home. However, if the home situation was to deteriorate children may find themselves re-entering foster care, it is this bouncing back and forth that will be traumatic and hugely damaging.
TACT’s ‘Aspirations’ research shows the benefits of stable long term foster care for supporting the wellbeing and achievements of children and young people, who will go on to have the same life chances as their peers.
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