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To: All the legislative making bodies that make up UK governance.

Grant Our Foster Carers Worker Status!

Grant Our Foster Carers Worker Status!

Grant Foster Carers “Worker Status” which will provide Foster Carers with basic employment protections and rights.

Why is this important?

Despite providing a highly complex and demanding service to some of the most hurt and vulnerable children and young people in our society, tens of thousands of Foster Carers across the UK have NO rights or protections which all other workers can rightly take for granted.

Foster Carers receive no holiday pay, sick pay, access to workbased pension schemes, right to a tribunal, are not protected by the whistle blowing policy, etc, etc. All because the law doesn’t recognise Foster Carers as workers. Furthermore, Foster Carers are routinely subjected to unfair treatment, punitive actions without redress and are vulnerable to being deregistered or not used at the whim of their local authority or private fostering agency. This level of vulnerability and exploitation is completely unacceptable.

Foster Carers are expected to sign and work to a complex and comprehensive contract/agreement, receive supervision, expected to undertaking increasing levels of training, are bound to one fostering service provider at any one time, can face disciplinary and punitive actions, have their homes inspected at any time day or night, have to comply with national minimum standards, etc, WITHOUT any protections, standards, laws and rights that recognise them as workers.

This draconian and exploitative situation cannot continue.

This campaign is spearheaded and supported by the - Foster Care Workers Union, which is a branch of the Independent Workers of Great Britain - www.fcwu.org.uk

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Reasons for signing

  • Michelle sahota
  • I hope you'll sign this. Fostering is a very important job. Children need their carers to be properly funded and properly resourced so they can give kids a genuine 2nd chance of decent parenting and support they need to overcome earlier difficulties. Invest in the future.
  • Fostering is a complex, regulated, emotionally exhausted and very rewarding job. We all continue to foster because we love the children we care for - the system however, fails them and it fails foster care workers. We need rights, we need security and we need respect - The only way I see this happening is giving us workers rights. Its incredibly rewarding but we are losing amazing foster carers everyday due to a broken system. Please sign.

Updates

2018-07-19 08:44:59 +0100

1,000 signatures reached

2018-07-12 17:17:11 +0100

500 signatures reached

2018-07-11 19:22:29 +0100

100 signatures reached

2018-07-11 17:02:15 +0100

50 signatures reached

2018-07-11 14:59:00 +0100

25 signatures reached

2018-07-11 13:14:30 +0100

10 signatures reached