Family and Friends foster care (England)

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This course sets family and friends foster care into it's broarder context and explores how to use the regulations appropriately to meet children’s needs.

Location: 
In-house or at a venue of your choice
Region: 
England

Regulations, statutory guidance and national minimum standards require local authorities to ensure effective support for family and friends carers, including those who are foster carers, and to publicise a family and friends care policy. Supervising social workers and children’s social workers alike face many challenges in fulfilling these requirements.

Under regulation 24 of the care planning regulations a connected person can be granted temporary approval as a foster carer, which in practice can pose particular dilemmas for many social workers.

This course sets family and friends foster care into it's broader context and explores how to use the regulations appropriately to meet children’s needs.

I thought the whole day was interesting and well planned, it provided a lot of challenge and also answers, and provided a platform to discuss practice matters and processes. There was a good and extensive variety of information provided in the delegate pack.

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This course is aimed at

  • local authority fostering services, including social workers, managers, members of fostering panels and decision-makers
  • children’s social workers who make placements with family and friends foster carers
  • everyone concerned with the assessment and temporary approval of connected people as foster carers under regulation 24
  • family and friends foster carers
  • local authority managers responsible for their family and friends care policy.

This course can be customised to meet the needs of either specific or mixed groups and to take account of your local priorities. Inclusion of foster carers and children's social workers is particularly encouraged. 

Learning outcomes

This course will enable participants to:

  • consider the role of family and friends foster care as a placement option
  • explore the particular challenges faced by family and friends foster carers, and consider their support needs
  • review their own practice in the context of the legislative framework and national policy context
  • understand how to use regulation 24 appropriately consider the components of good assessments

Featured publication

All You Need to Know: Family and Friends Foster Care

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