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Plea for foster carers in Bucks during lockdown

Children are still in need during the pandemic in Buckinghamshire.

Published by Dan Gooding at 6:03am 7th April 2020. (Updated at 9:32am 7th April 2020) 3-minute read.

Plea for foster carers in Bucks during lockdown

'Ordinary children in difficult circumstances' need foster carers in Buckinghamshire.

We might all be in lockdown, but that doesn't mean the need for people to take in children in care has gone away.

Buckinghamshire Council have put out a plea for people to have a longer-term vision and sign up to foster.

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This huge change to everyday lives may include being locked down with others for extended periods, which often means that ordinary families that were already under severe strain, can reach crisis point.

Since the national Coronavirus lock-down came into force, Buckinghamshire Council's Children's Services have continued to experience a significant number of children coming into their care because of a deterioration in their situation at home.

The Council will be working to secure these children's long-term future, but in the meantime it's essential that they can be looked after, to help them through the disruption they have experienced.

That's why more foster carers are needed.

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Buckinghamshire Council is asking for more foster carers to come forward

Warren Whyte, Buckinghamshire Council Executive Portfolio Holder for Children's Services, said:

"Buckinghamshire's existing foster carers do an amazing job, giving many of our more vulnerable children the security and support they need to make a good start in life - and during the stressful and uncertain times we're going through at the moment, they have an extra challenge to make sure the lives of the children in their care remain as normal as possible.

"Where they can, our existing foster carers are coming forward to help look after the children we have coming to us during the present difficult situation - but we need more help.

"Times are challenging and uncertain, but this is also proving to be a time when volunteering and support for one's community come to fore. It's in that spirit that I'm making a personal appeal for anyone to come forward who thinks they can provide a safe and nurturing foster home environment to help these vulnerable children while we work to secure their long-term future.

"These are just ordinary local children in difficult circumstances - and they need your help."

If you think you could help a local child in care, get in touch with the Council by email at FosterwithBucks@buckinghamshire.gov.uk or via the website at www.buckinghamshire.gov.uk/fostering

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