Children’s minister joins conference panel debate


Children’s minister Edward Timpson MP will speak and take part in a panel debate on the future of fostering at the Fostering Network’s annual conference tomorrow in London, Tuesday 13 November 2012.

The minister will be joined by Lisa Nandy MP, shadow children’s minister, Matt Dunkley, director of children’s services at East Sussex County Council, foster carer Jim Bond and the Fostering Network’s chief executive Robert Tapsfield. The panel debate will be chaired by Philip Coghill, foster carer and chair of the Fostering Network board.

The minister, who is the son of foster carers, said: “I know from personal experience that foster care makes a real difference to vulnerable children because it offers them the routine, stability and love they need to thrive.

“The numbers of children coming into care continue to rise. That's why we are making it easier for people to come forward to foster and for those that do foster to be able to get on with everyday parenting. These reforms will help improve children’s life chances and ensure they can enjoy a fulfilling childhood and family life.”

This year’s annual conference will focus on safer caring issues, with the launch of the Fostering Network’s new book, Safer Caring: a new approach.
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