THE increase in the number of children being referred into care might seem alarming.
But I am pleased that decisions are being made more quickly to remove children from damaging situations.
Families who are struggling need to get support early on so they have the tools to do the very best they can.
These are difficult decisions for social workers to make but the interests of the children must come first.
Leaving children in neglectful situations can cause long-term damage. So professionals do have to act.
But there is a real need for more foster parents and more adoptive parents.
We would be very happy to hear from members of the public who would consider coming forward.
Foster parenting is very challenging but it is also very rewarding.
Care can and does improve the lives of vulnerable children.
This is why it is essential that we ensure there are more foster or adoptive parents available to provide them with a stable and loving home.
Barnardo’s is urging more people to consider putting themselves forward as potential fosters or adopters.