For this festive season, Arthur Cox, our corporate partner in Northern Ireland, has come up with something special. The leading law firm will be giving bespoke gifts to children who are taking part in our Step up Step Down programme, where foster carers support families on the periphery of care to help the children remain within their family home.
In 2016 the Scottish National Party was elected on a manifesto that promised to introduce a new national allowance for kinship carers and foster carers but, as we come to the end of another year, this pledge has still not been fulfilled.
As time is running out to deliver on their promise, The Fostering Network, the UK’s leading fostering charity, is calling on the Scottish Government to honour their commitment and bring Scotland into line with the rest of the UK.
The Fostering Network's chief executive, Kevin Williams, has written an open letter to the Westminster Government's minister responsible for the rollout of the Covid 19 vaccine programme in England, Nadhim Zahawi MP, emphasising the importance of prioritised foster carers in England for a jab.
Foster carers should be a priority for the vaccine because of:
The decision by the Scottish Government to exclude foster carers from a £500 bonus is yet another indication of foster carers in Scotland being treated as second class members of the social care workforce.