Assessment and Approval of Foster Carers

  • Department of Education
  • Author:Department for Education
  • Published:July 2013
  • Country: United Kingdom

Fostering services: Assessment and approval of foster carers: Amendments to the Children Act 1989 Guidance and Regulations. Volume 4: Fostering Services.

This guidance is for local authorities and their staff, including:

  • Children’s services social workers.
  • Supervising social workers.
  • Front-line managers who have particular responsibilities in relation to looked-after children.
  • Directors of children’s services.
  • Managers of services for looked-after children.
  • Commissioners of services for looked-after children.

It is also relevant to independent fostering services and foster carers. Looked-after children and the families of looked-after children may also have an interest.
This guidance replaces the following paragraphs of volume 4 ‘Children Act 1989: fostering services’:

  • 5.29 to 5.38 (assessment and approval of foster carers).
  • 5.42 to 5.44 (independent review mechanism).
  • 5.46 to 5.53 (the usual fostering limit).
  • 5.59 to 5.63 (reviews and terminations of approval of foster carers).
  • 5.39 to 5.41 (the decision-maker).

Related statutory guidance:

  • Volume 1 – Children Act 1989: court orders.
  • Volume 2 – Children Act 1989: care planning, placement and case review.
  • Volume 3 – Children Act 1989: transition to adulthood for care leavers.
  • Volume 4 – Children Act 1989: fostering services.
  • Volume 5 – Children Act 1989: children’s homes.

Assessment and approval foster carers Regulations UK Government