BUT - it’s a short word with so much power. It can change the tone of a sentence, a conversation, a meeting. It can suck the wind from your sails. And I’m fed up with hearing it in relation to fostering.
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The latest State of the Nation’s Foster Care report highlighted that foster carers do not always feel treated as an equal member of the team and they are not getting the support they need to do their vital role. A charter can help to address these issues by setting clear expectations for how foster carers should be treated, trained and supported.
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.