Fostering legislation

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Fostering is a devolved issue in the UK. Legislation about care and foster care, therefore, varies across the UK. The Fostering Network provides links to the key pieces of legislation and guidance in each of the four nations.

In England the main legislative body is the Westminster parliament and primary responsibility for fostering in England is held by the Department for Education. Read more about fostering legislation in England.

In Northern Ireland, the main legislative body is the Northern Ireland Assembly. Read more about fostering legislation in Northern Ireland.

In Scotland, the main legislative body is the Scottish Parliament. Read more about fostering legislation in Scotland.

In Wales, the main legislative body is the Welsh Assembly. Read more about fostering legislation in Wales.

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