Why Does Fostering Require a Spare Bedroom?
There are lots of people who would dearly love to foster. Many possess the right skills and aptitude, but are disappointed to find that they cannot go forward to assessment because they do not have a spare bedroom to offer for fostering.
In this article, we will try to provide an explanation of why this particular requirement exists, how it came to be, and why, in spite of the known shortage of foster carers, it has not been revoked.
Some see this mandatory requirement as ‘part of the problem’ that is causing the shortfall of fostering households, and that if only it was removed, the entire fostering shortage issue would be solved. Well, perhaps it would, but as we shall see, by solving the problem in this way, it would be replaced by another – both bigger, and more damaging.
Given the urgent need for more fostering families to come forward, neither the Government, nor local authorities or independent fostering agencies would either impose or uphold this rule if it were unnecessary. To do so would be self-defeating.
Let’s look at some of the main reasons that a spare bedroom is required…