The road to approval
The foster care assessmentFoster carers have to provide evidence following their assessment that they can communicate with children, their families and professionals. Get fostering right first time We match you with the best fostering agencies with vacancies in your area use our
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They have to have an understanding about child development and the particular needs of foster children. As approved foster carers they are expected to be able and willing to work with the care plan for the child including working with their families.
Foster carers are required to be flexible, have the ability to keep accurate and sometimes complicated records, and to attend meetings, support groups and training courses. The assessment would have involved foster carer's family and friends and many foster carers would have found the assessment demanding and intrusive at times.
Although the expectations of foster carers abilities and professionalism is extremely high, taking in consideration their experience and approval, they have little control over of the number or quality of placements offered to them by their Agencies. The majority of the four hundred or so Independent Fostering Agencies provide placements for their local social services department.
Their foster carers with vacancies are not known to the other four hundred or so Local Authorities looking for placements both in and outside of their boundaries.
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If an allegation is made about another person’s behaviour towards a child, a foster carer must inform their fostering social worker and the child’s local authority social worker.
If allegations are made against a foster carer to a social worker, the social worker has a responsibility to make the foster carer aware. However, the details of the allegations might not be disclosed
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