Since 2011, we have been campaigning for every fostering service to commit to a foster carers’ charter. This year we have updated our charter to recognise the distinct responsibilities of the fostering service and the placing authority in their role as the corporate parent. In Wales the charter campaign is taking place as part of the Fostering Excellence programme.
We first produced a charter in 2011 in consultation with our members, and have recently revamped it with support from a range of organisations including the Department for Education, ADCS and FosterTalk. Charters represent an important step towards foster carers being treated and respected as the professionals that they are so that foster carers get the recognition they deserve and need to provide children with the best possible care.