pdf RECRUITMENT | Vetting requirements in adoption, fostering and private fostering consultation response, NSPCC, September 2009

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NSPCC-09 Vetting requirements in adoption, fostering and private fostering consultation response, September 200.pdf

document RELATIONSHIPS | Keep Connected: Maintaining relationships when moving on, The Fostering Network, 2016

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FN 16 Keeping Connected ABSTRACT 2016.docx

This report recommends that each of the UK governments has guidance and regulations that ensure local authorities and health and social services trusts make certain that foster carers who have developed a good relationship with children are enabled to support them as they move home, move to a permanent placement, or move into and through the leaving care process. It also recommends that when and where local authorities, health and social services trusts and independent fostering providers are inspected, proper attention should be paid by the inspectors as to how these relationships are being built and supported for children and young people in care.

pdf REVIEW | Review of Statutory Fostering Services Overview Report ABSTRACT, Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority, December 2013

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RQIA 13 Review of Statutory Fostering Services ABSTRACT DEC 13.pdf

This abstract provides details of an independent review of statutory fostering services in Northern Ireland conducted by the Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority (RQIA).

pdf REVIEW | The fostering system in England: Evidence review, Department for Education, July 2017

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DfE 17 The_fostering_system_in_England_Evidence_review JUL 17.pdf

In the summer of 2016 the government announced a national ‘stocktake’ of fostering in England to reach a better understanding of the current system and where improvements can be made. This review was commissioned to inform the stocktake and was intended to bring together quantitative and qualitative research to contribute to an overview of the fostering system.

pdf SPARE ROOM SUBSIDY | Assessment of the effect of the removal of the spare room subsidy on foster carers, adopters and special guardians research report, Department for Education, December 2015

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DfE 15 Removal_of_the_spare_room_subsidy_assessment DEC 15.pdf

This report examines how the policy change affected the recruitment of foster carers, adopters and special guardians to date and what the future effect may be, and how local authorities responded to the policy change. The number of carers affected by the Removal of the Spare Room Subsidy (RSRS) was low and the rule change in size criteria (allowing foster carers an unused bedroom for up to 52 weeks), alleviated initial concerns about foster carers. The small numbers of placements that were affected were those for children with complex needs who require their own bedroom, children who are unable to share a bedroom (e.g. due to past experiences or personal characteristics), for sibling groups, unrelated children being placed with one family, and teenagers. Carers noted that RSRS had affected their ability to take on these types of placement due to: The financial implications of caring for children with complex needs (additional space and resources required); No longer being able to afford a property large enough to care for sibling groups/more than one foster child; Conflicting regulations of fostering and housing/benefit teams in relation to the age up to which children can share a bedroom. Three-quarters of local authorities did not report any effect of RSRS on the recruitment of foster carers, adopters and special guardians in the last 18 months and the majority of local authorities did not report any known effect on retention.

pdf SPECIAL GUARDIANSHIP | Impact of the Family Justice Reforms on front-line practice Phase Two: Special Guardianship Orders, Department for Education, August 2015

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DfE 15 Impact of the Family Justice Reforms AUG 15.pdf

This research report suggests that there is a desire among family courts to push for a placement within the wider family as a result of legal rulings from 2013 calling on local authorities to provide evidence that all alternatives to adoption have been considered. The report states that SGOs, which are used predominantly to give relatives of a child legal responsibility for their upbringing, are sometimes being granted to carers who are not members of the extended family and who have no existing relationship with the child.

pdf SPECIAL GUARDIANSHIP | Special guardianship guidance, Department for Education, February 2016

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DfE 16 special_guardianship_guidance FEB 16.pdf

Statutory guidance for local authorities on the Special Guardianship Regulations 2005 (as amended by the Special Guardianship (Amendment) Regulations 2016).

pdf SPECIAL GUARDIANSHIP | Special guardianship review: report on findings. Government consultation response, Department for Education, December 2015

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DfE 15 SGR_Final_Combined_Report DEC 15.pdf

Special Guardianship Orders (SGOs) are long-term care orders that last until a child is 18 and are usually applied to a family member or long-term carer. Its use has grown substantially in recent years – since 2010/11, the number of SGOs has risen by 98 per cent. The DfE has immediately amended guidance to councils on deciding when to use SGOs because the consultation found evidence that rushed or poor-quality assessments for SGOs by councils is putting children's safety at risk. 70 per cent of those who responded to the consultation said the assessment process for determining the suitability of a special guardian needed to improve. The consultation also highlighted a lack of support for special guardians. This included a failure to offer advice before a placement is finalised and a lack of support when problems occur, with 72 per cent of respondents calling for improvements to information provided before and during the SGO process. The DfE has pledged to improve the assessment process to ensure it is based on the fundamental principle that the person being assessed is capable of caring for the child for the whole of that child’s life to adulthood.

pdf STANDARDS | Fostering Services National Minimum Standards, Department for Education, 2011

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DfE 11 Fostering Services National Minimum Standards 2011.pdf

This document contains the National Minimum Standards applicable to the provision of fostering services. These, together with Regulations relevant to the placement of children in foster care such as the Fostering Services (England) Regulations 2011 (the 2011 Regulations), form the basis of the regulatory framework under the Care Standards Act 2000 (CSA) for the conduct of fostering services.

default The Foster Carers' Charter, Department for Education, 2011

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DfE 11 The Foster Carers Charter 2011.pdf

Jointly produced by Government, fostering organisations, charities and children, the Charter sets out clear principles of what support should be available to foster carers and what they can expect.

document Towards a theory of upbringing in foster care in Europe ABSTRACT, European Journal of Social Work, April 2015

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EJSW 15 Towards a theory of upbringing in foster care in Europe ABSTRACT APR 15.docx

This abstract provides details of an article which reports on a preliminary exploration of fostering across 11 European countries, reflecting different care and education traditions.

pdf When I am Ready scheme: Continity of care consultation response, TACT, December 2012

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TACT 12 When I am ready consultation response DEC 12.pdf

Response to Welsh government's consultation on the 'When I am Ready' scheme which aims to help young people have better choices and support around their transition to independent living.

pdf YOUNG PEOPLE'S VIEWS | Aspirations Three Years On: The views of young people who are fostered and their carers, TACT, 2011

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TACT 11 Aspirations Three years on The views of young people who are fostered and their carers.pdf

In 2007 TACT (The Adolescent and Children's Trust) commissioned Professor Bob Broad to undertake a study into the views and experiences of children and young people in TACT's care and their carers. This longitudinal study is based on the findings of the 2007 research.

pdf YOUNG PEOPLE'S VIEWS | Children's views on fostering, Children's Rights Director, November 2012

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CRD 12 Children's views on fostering 2012.pdf

This report follows on from Being Fostered (2005) and details children's views on the  government's is proposed changes to the law on both fostering and adoption.  This new report gives some up to date views from children on major issues in fostering, and it gives the children’s verdict on the government’s proposals to change the law about who can give permission and make decisions on many things that matter to foster children’s lives.

pdf YOUNG PEOPLES' VIEWS | What young people think...and why it is important to us, TACT, 2015

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TACT 15 What young people think 2015.pdf

This reports the findings of a survey of young people in the care of TACT foster carers in England, Scotland and Wales. 84 young people (aged 9-18) were interviewed to find out their views on themed issues such as: What young people feel about belonging and the difference it makes; Being heard and expressing opinions – what it means to young people when adults listen to them; Boundaries – why young people value support, encouragement and rules for living; Managing adolescence – the issues that matter to young people and how well they feel they are being managed; Care as a positive place to be – what makes TACT carers and services special.

default “We need to talk”: A study of working relationships between field social workers and fostering link social workers in Northern Ireland, John Sheldon, January 2004

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CCIP 04 ABSTRACT We need to talk A study of working relationships JAN 04.pdf

This abstract of a paper published in Child Care in Practice Volume 10.1 (January 2004) outlines a study of working relationships between field social workers and fostering link social workers in Northern Ireland.