Glasgow’s foster care system is broken. A lack of investment in foster care has led to a failing system with self-perpetuating problems. It is a system which often produces poverty and lifelong harms. Addressing these problems will be necessary in order to avoid the build up of unacceptable social outcomes and financial costs.
Investing in foster care in Glasgow would most likely have wider benefits than the significant matter of improving the lives of foster care workers and the children in their homes.
This report recommends:
1. Recognition of foster carers as workers and social care professionals;
2. Improvements in the pay and conditions of foster carers;
3. The end outsourcing of foster care and bring foster carers in-house.