HC Deb 17 February 1989 vol 147 c418W
Mr. Austin Mitchell

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what is his policy on mandatory training for foster parents.

Mr. Freeman

We believe that preparation and training is necessary for all foster parents. The recently issued handbook of guidance on the Boarding-out of Children (Foster Placement) Regulations 1988 stresses that local authorities and voluntary organisations should provide intitial preparation and training, specialised training as appropriate and continuing training for foster parents.