||<p>Caring for any child requires skills and dedication. Local authorities and independent
fostering agencies select and prepare all foster carers for this challenging role.
The Government is committed to ensuring foster carers are afforded the appropriate
recognition, support and training to ensure every looked-after child receives the
high-quality care they need. We have funded a range of initiatives including “Fosterline”
– a helpline which provides a confidential, impartial free advice service for foster
carers and potential foster carers.</p><p> </p><p>In addition, in September we commissioned
the Refugee Council and ECPAT to deliver training for foster carers and support workers
who are not experienced in working with unaccompanied asylum seeking or refugee children.
The Government has also committed to evaluate the need for any additional training
required by foster carers looking after unaccompanied children as part of our wider
safeguarding strategy for unaccompanied asylum-seeking and refugee children. Further
information on our safeguarding strategy can be found on the Government’s website,
GOV.UK, by searching for ‘Safeguarding unaccompanied asylum-seeking and refugee children’.</p>