§ Margaret Hodge
Foster carers can already receive "short breaks" and the Fostering Services National Minimum Standards (March 2002) require the provision of independent support to foster carers during an investigation. The Green Paper, "Every Child Matters" contains a number of proposals to improve the recruitment and retention of foster carers. These include improving support for carers facing allegations and improved short break provision. The Green Paper is now out for consultation until 1 December 2003.