Jargon Buster – A guide to acronyms and abbreviations in foster care
Understanding the ‘jargon’ is essential; you will hear so many different abbreviations and acts that you might not have heard before. Having an understanding of these in advance will help you feel more empowered and professional during any allegation process.
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
|Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.
|Agency 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.
|Autistic Spectrum Condition.
|Autistic Spectrum Disorder.
|British Sign Language.
|Child and Family Court Advisory and Support Services.
|Child and Adolescent Mental Health.
|Child In Care team.
|Children In Need.
|Children missing from education.
|An 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).
|The name of the legal proceedings which determine the future care arrangements.
|Child Protection Case Conference.
|Continuing Professional Development.
|Child Protective Services.
|Childs Sexual Abuse.
|Child Sexual Exploitation.
|Child’s Social Worker CIC.
|Children and young people.
|Disclosure and barring Service.
|Director of Children’s Services.
|Disability Living Allowance.
|Drug Use Screening tool.
|Emergency Care Order.
|Emergency Duty Team.
|Education health plan.
|Educational Welfare Officer.
|Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.
|Family Group Conferencing.
|Female Genital Mutilation.
|Freedom 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.
|A term used by KCC refers to a Fostering social worker.
|Harmful Sexual Behaviour.
|Interim Care Order. This is made under the Children Act 1989.
|The 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.
|Initial Child Protection Conference.
|Independent Fostering Agency, sometimes referred to as an ‘agency’ or IFP (Independent Fostering Provider).
|Independent 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.
|Independent 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.
|Police Interview Under Caution.
|Looked After Child sometimes referred to as CLA (Child Looked After).
|Meeting 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.
|The 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.
|Short for Missing Person, a term used by the police and services when a child or young person is missing.
|Not in Education, Employment or Training.
|National Minimum Standards, standards set for all your fostering services as an absolute minimum (also in the Children’s Act).
|National Union of Professional Foster Carers (certified and approved union for foster carers).
|The 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.
|Out of Hours.
|Parent and child placement.
|Personal Advisor ( Assigned to each child usually at 16yrs to advise through the Pathway Plan).
|Fostering 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.
|Prospective adopter report report prepared by assessing SW
|Personal 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.
|Personal independence payment.
|All children in care are required to have a Placement Plan completed before their placement begins or within five working days.
|Public Protection Notice.
|Parental Responsibility. Shared between LA and birth parents in diﬀerent degrees according to the regulations they are placed under.
|Pupil Referral Unit.
|Qualifying 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.
|Review Child Protection Conference.
|Fostering Services regulations (2011) England. The NMS and REGS combine to provide a clear framework for fostering services.
|Speech and Language Therapy
|Subject Access Request. Is a written request you make to your fostering services for all the information and data they hold on you.
|Serious Case Review.
|Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire.
|SEC 46 Enquiry
|If professionals think there are reasonable grounds to suspect that a child is likely to have suﬀered significant harm, Sec 46 inquiry.
|SEC 47 or S47
|Child 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.
|Special education needs.
|Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator.
|Special Educational Needs Department.
|Special Guardianship Order.
|If a child is exposed to suﬀer harm to their welfare, health, or development.
|Severe Learning Difficulty.
|Standard 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.
|Supervising Social Worker for the foster carer, sometimes referred to as the Fostering
|A 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.
|Social Worker or Link Worker.
|Team Around the Child.
|Training , Support and Development standards.
|Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Child.
|When 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.
|Young Offenders Institute.
|Youth Oﬀending Team CSE.
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