New regulations came into force on the 1st of April 2015. These regulations were part of the amendments made to The Care Planning and Fostering Regulations.
As a summary, these amendments facilitate long term fostering, and provide a much better experience for the young person. For a young person in care, the sense of security and being part of the family is always a difficulty. These regulations, which set out and define long term fostering, will help ensure that long term fostering is more consistent and will also ensure that certain criteria or conditions are met.
The main points from the guidance are as follows:
Amendments are made to the Children Act 1989 Guidance: Care Planning, Placement and Case Review (Volume 2) in order that
- foster carers and residential child care workers are appropriately consulted and
involved in decision making for children;
- where the plan for permanence is long-term foster care there is an appropriate
planning process which considers the needs of the child and the capacity of the
carer to meet these needs;
- where a long-term foster placement is agreed this is recorded in a child’s
placement plan; and that appropriate and flexible visiting and case review
arrangements are made;
- where a local authority, in consultation with the child and their family, is
considering ceasing to look after a child, the authority appropriately assesses the
proposed arrangements for the child and sets out the support that will be provided
when the child ceases to be looked-after;
- the authority consults appropriately with the child, their parents and others to
ensure that the proposed arrangements are in the child’s best interests and will
safeguard and promote their welfare; and
- the authority has robust arrangements in place to scrutinise decisions to cease to
look after a child.
If you need any advice or have any questions about our fostering service, Welcome Foster Care, or fostering in general, we are always happy to help.
You can contact us via the online form or simply call us, either at the London Office on 02033973332, for London and the surrounding areas, or the Lancashire Office on 01616383391, for the North of England.