Council launches Foster Carers Charter

Merton launched its new Foster Carers’ Charter this month (8th June) as part of its drive to improve the lives of children in care.

The Charter is a joint statement of commitment and expectation between Merton Foster Carers and the council with the aim of maximising the positive experience of fostering for carers and for the children for whom they provide a loving home.

Foster carers are at the heart of the Looked after Children service and the new Charter sets out clear principles on how foster carers and the council will work together to ensure that foster carers get the recognition they deserve, and need in order to provide Merton children with the best possible care.

The Charter underlines the huge value and expectations we place on foster carers; not only as role models to the children who look up to them, but also as carers who demand the best for their children, carers who have high aspirations for all their children and as people who put those children’s needs first. It also looks at ways of reducing obstacles faced by foster carers and the children they look after in making everyday decisions such as going for haircuts and sleepovers, which can make children in care feel excluded and deter potential foster carers.

Cabinet member for children’s services, Councillor Maxi Martin said: “This Charter will ensure children in care are treated fairly by others and encourage people who may be thinking about fostering the assurances they need to step forward.”

Cath Meldrum, a foster carer in Merton said: ‘Carers and the council are committed to working together and doing what is right for children and young people in care.’