Jargon Buster

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Jargon Buster – A guide to acronyms and abbreviations in foster care

Jargon Buster - A guide to acronyms and abbreviations in foster care

Introductions to the Jargon Buster

Understanding the industry jargon and acronyms in foster care is essential, you will hear so many different abbreviations and acronyms, and having an understanding of these is crucial to your role.

Below are over 60 acronyms and abbreviations, if we have left any out please let us know, FosterWiki is a community page for all to contribute to.

Acronyms, abbreviations, and jargon


Jargon busted!

ADHDAttention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.
ADMAgency Decision Maker. This is the person who makes all the final decisions. When the panel makes its recommendation, this goes to the ADM which has the final say. They are by fostering services that it does not consider someone suitable to foster. usually, also a manager in your organisation but should be independent of the allegation to have no conflict of interest in their decision. The ADM can make a QD; this is the decision made.
AOAdoption Order.
ASCAutistic Spectrum Condition.
ASDAutistic Spectrum Disorder.
BSLBritish Sign Language.
CAFCASSChild and Family Court Advisory and Support Services.
CAMHSChild and Adolescent Mental Health.
CICChild In Care team.
CINChildren In Need.
CMEChildren missing from education.
COCare Order.
CoramBAAFAn independent membership organisation for professionals, foster carers and adopters, and anyone else working with or looking after children in or from care, or adults who have been affected by adoption. It is a successor organisation to the British Association for Adoption and Fostering (BAAF).
CPCare plan.
CP/Care ProceedingsThe name of the legal proceedings which determine the future care arrangements.
CPCCChild Protection Case Conference.
CPDContinuing Professional Development.
CPSChild Protective Services.
CSAChilds Sexual Abuse.
CSEChild Sexual Exploitation.
CSWChild’s Social Worker CIC.
CYPChildren and young people.
DBSDisclosure and barring Service.
DCDisabled child.
DCSDirector of Children’s Services.
DLADisability Living Allowance.
DUSTDrug Use Screening tool.
ECOEmergency Care Order.
EDTEmergency Duty Team.
EHCPEducation health plan.
EWOEducational Welfare Officer.
FASDFoetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.
FGCFamily Group Conferencing.
FGMFemale Genital Mutilation.
FOIFreedom of information (FOI) gives you the right to ask any public sector organisation for information they hold. Anyone can ask for information. You can also ask for information about yourself under data protection legislation.
FSWA term used by KCC refers to a Fostering social worker.
HSBHarmful Sexual Behaviour.
ICOInterim Care Order. This is made under the Children Act 1989.
ICOThe Information Commissioners Office, The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) upholds information rights in the public interest, promoting openness by public bodies and data privacy for individuals.
ICPCInitial Child Protection Conference.
IFAIndependent Fostering Agency, sometimes referred to as an ‘agency’ or IFP (Independent Fostering Provider).
IRMIndependent Reviewing Mechanism. This is the foster carer’s appeal process. If you don’t agree with the panel or ADM decision (this can be about de-registration or change in approval), you can take it to the IRM which is an independent government panel. The IRM looks objectively at your case and makes its determination. The recommendation of the IRM is then sent back to the Agency Decision Maker (ADM) for the final decision.
IROIndependent Reviewing Officer, This is someone who is independent of the social workers and other professionals who will chair the child or young person’s reviews.
IUCPolice Interview Under Caution.
LALocal Authority.
LACLooked After Child sometimes referred to as CLA (Child Looked After).
LAC ReviewMeeting chaired by the IRO to consider the child’s care plan. The first one is within 28 days of placement, 2nd at 3 months then every 6 months.
LADOThe LADO is involved from the initial phase of an allegation through to the conclusion of the case. The LADO provides advice and guidance to providers, liaises with the police and other agencies, and monitors the progress of cases to ensure that they are dealt with as quickly as possible, consistent with a thorough and fair process.
MISPERShort for Missing Person, a term used by the police and services when a child or young person is missing.
NEETNot in Education, Employment or Training.
NMSNational Minimum Standards, standards set for all your fostering services as an absolute minimum (also in the Children’s Act).
NUPFCNational Union of Professional Foster Carers (certified and approved union for foster carers).
OFSTEDThe government’s office of standards in education, children’s services, and skills. Inspectors of organisations that provide any of those services, including inspecting and regulating services that care for children and young people.
OOH’SOut of Hours.
P&CParent and child placement.
PAPersonal Advisor ( Assigned to each child usually at 16yrs to advise through the Pathway Plan).
PANELFostering panel is a group of people from various professions, social workers/ managers, an independent foster carer from a different LA or IFA and may include an adult who has been in care.
PARProspective adopter report report prepared by assessing SW
PEPPersonal Educational Plan. Normally held at the child or young person’s school, attended by the child, CSW, SSW, foster carers, and school representative responsible for teaching and looking after the child.
PIPPersonal independence payment.
Placement PlanAll children in care are required to have a Placement Plan completed before their placement begins or within five working days.
PPPupil Premium.
PPNPublic Protection Notice.
PRParental Responsibility. Shared between LA and birth parents in different degrees according to the regulations they are placed under.
PRUPupil Referral Unit.
QDQualifying determination. This is the final decision made by your organisation, the panel will send a recommendation to your organisation’s decision-maker, and they will send the Qualifying determination to you.
RCPCReview Child Protection Conference.
REGSFostering Services regulations (2011) England. The NMS and REGS combine to provide a clear framework for fostering services.
SALTSpeech and Language Therapy
SARSubject Access Request. Is a written request you make to your fostering services for all the information and data they hold on you.
SCRSerious Case Review.
SDQStrengths and Difficulties Questionnaire.
SEC 46 EnquiryIf professionals think there are reasonable grounds to suspect that a child is likely to have suffered significant harm, Sec 46 inquiry.
SEC 47 or S47Child protection investigation carried out under Section 47 of the Children Act 1989. You will generally hear the term ‘Section 47’ if the children in your care are removed. Section 47 gives the fostering service the power to remove the children with no explanation, as quickly and from where they chose.
SENSpecial education needs.
SENCOSpecial Educational Needs Co-ordinator.
SENDSpecial Educational Needs Department.
SGOSpecial Guardianship Order.
Significant HarmIf a child is exposed to suffer harm to their welfare, health, or development.
SLDSevere Learning Difficulty.
SOCStandard of care concerns are concerned ref the care of a child but do not involve harm to a child. SOCs are dealt with in supervision and meetings with fostering managers, separate from the allegations process. NMS’s state SOC should not be made into an allegation.
SSWSupervising Social Worker for the foster carer, sometimes referred to as the Fostering
Strategy MeetingA meeting held following an initial assessment which indicates that a child has suffered or is likely to suffer significant harm. The purpose of the meeting is to determine whether there are grounds for a Sec 46 enquiry.
SWSocial Worker or Link Worker.
TACTeam Around the Child.
TSDSTraining , Support and Development standards.
UASCUnaccompanied Asylum Seeking Child.
VSVirtual school.
WhistleblowingWhen a foster carer reports a concern, the concern could be something that falls below established standards of practice, amounts to improper conduct, endangers the health and safety of any person, is against the organisation’s policies or attempts to conceal any of the above.
YOIYoung Offenders Institute.
YOTYouth Offending Team CSE.
YPYoung people.

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