Bureaucracy

Bureaucratic Rules Hobble British Foster Parents

They need permission for haircuts and school trips

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Foster parents are so scared of red tape that they are frightened they will have to ask for permission to get their children's hair cut or allow on school trips, a study has found.

A fifth of foster parents are not able to make the decision on whether or not their children can go on a school trip, which falls to the local authority to decide.

The study by The Fostering Network highlights the difficulties foster carers face in making day-to-day decisions for their dependents.

One foster child was forced to wait 16 weeks for authorities to decide on permission for a trip.