Keeping clear and accurate records is a key part of a foster carer’s job. The records kept belong to the fostering service, and children can either ask to read them at the present moment, or later on, as adults. They also provide information foster carers can use in review meetings. The Fostering Network has produced resources, publications, and has created helplines and an online community to help guide foster carers when it comes to record keeping.
Why is it important to keep records?
There is also great concern about allegations of abuse and complaints made against foster carers or their families. Unfortunately, some foster carers will experience this, and it can be an upsetting and difficult process.
As a result, there is a clear need for a method of recording day-to-day events in the home that may, at a later stage, assist foster carers in recalling events accurately. Although some fostering services provide guidelines for record keeping, some foster carers are asked to record information without any guidelines about what they need to recall.
How we can help foster carers
Record Keeping: Signposts in Fostering
how to keep records
- where to record and what to record
- the role of the supervising social worker
- recording with children and parents
- storing records and confidentiality
- who owns the records and who can see the records
You can purchase our Record Keeping publication online for just £2
(the Signpost is available for £4 to those who are not members of The Fostering Network).
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