You probably have (or not yet!) read this article – about the changes in the regulations for long term fostering.

Subsequent to that, around mid-May, what is now known as “Staying Put” was introduced – after much campaigning and pressure from campaigners and groups.

In a nutshell, staying put is…

A new duty on Local Authorities in England regarding Staying Put came into force on 13 May 2014, in part 5 Welfare of Children (98) of the Children and Families Act 2014.

This requires local authorities in England to facilitate, monitor and support staying put arrangements for fostered young people until they reach the age of 21, where this is what they and their foster carers want, unless the local authority consider that the staying put arrangement is not consistent with the welfare of the young person.

Source: The Fostering Network

Staying put isn’t a fostering arrangement, nor is a foster carer responsible for the person staying put. It is an arrangement where a care leaver (i.e. “aged out of care”) lodges at the carers home. Therefore, if in the same home there is another foster child, the care leaver will have to undergo a DBS check.

Staying Put helps the looked after children, by giving them a good head-start and run-up to independence, as opposed to being aged 18, knowing that you’d be kicked out in three or so years!

Care leavers who are Staying Put are entitled to and receive support as well as a Personal Advisor, to help secure the best outcome for them.

ISP (Inspired Foster Care) have written up a lovely article on this topic which can be found here, titled “How successful has Staying Put been since it came into effect?“. Please do take a read over it, and head over to our Facebook and Twitter to share your opinions.