Mike Weatherley, the Conservative Member of Parliament for Hove and Portslade, has recorded a video message in support of a new campaign which is aimed at giving all fostered young people in England the opportunity to remain with their foster carers beyond the age of 18.
The campaign, Don’t Move Me, has been launched by fostering charity the Fostering Network, with cross-party support from MPs. Currently, local authority care usually ceases on a young person’s 18th birthday, and what happens to them next is a postcode lottery. Some local authorities help them to stay with foster carers, others rely on their foster carer offering them a home for free, and many more have to move out to live by themselves.
More information is available on the Fostering Network by visiting their website here. A video of Mike supporting the campaign is available to watch at www.dontmoveme.org.uk.
Commenting, Mike said: “It is completely understandable that children are more often than not staying at home well beyond 18. If the campaign is successful, it will allow for more young people in care to have stability and support so many of us take for granted as they enter adulthood, which will not only benefit them but also society as a whole.”