Thursday, 6 November 2008

Smokers banned from fostering children in Redbridge

. Smokers in the north-east London borough will not be able to foster children from January 2010 - unless there are 'exceptional circumstances'. Even if the foster carer undertakes only to smoke on balconies or in gardens the ban will still apply.

It was the Conservative cabinet that voted through this move. The move was given a mixed blessing by the Fostering Network which said;

"We certainly view this as a good move in terms of creating a smoke-free environment for a child, but we don't agree that a blanket ban on any smokers becoming foster carers is the right thing."

So, yet another attack on the civil liberties of smokers where the stick is preferred over the carrot....

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Artificially reducing the number of potential foster parents is really going to help all the kids in state care find new families, and that's really going to reduce the cost to the taxpayer!

Darrell G said...

Well quite...