FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Every child or young person in foster care has the right to advocacy from someone independent to help them express their views or make a complaint. Foster Carers speaking to our fostering advisors are often worried that they will get into trouble if they help to find an advocate for a young person in their care. This is not the case, and the following information is provided to help you to identify the best source of support for your foster child.
Each child or young person in foster care has an allocated social worker and an Independent Reviewing Officer (IRO) who is responsible for chairing reviews of their care plans at regular intervals. The IRO is responsible for ensuring that the child or young person’s views are taken into account at reviews and in every decision made about them. The IRO is also responsible for providing information about advocacy services that the young person can contact if they wish to do so.
Local Authorities are expected to publicise their arrangements for advocacy services in their area and to provide information about children’s rights to every child or young person they look after. Some local authorities provide Children’s Rights services “in house” and some contract with other organisations to provide these for them.
In addition the government has provided funding to support two independent children’s rights organisations, to provide advocacy and advice for looked-after children and care leavers. They are:
National Youth Advocacy Service (NYAS) https://www.nyas.net/services/advocacy/
Coram Voice https://coramvoice.org.uk/
Each UK region also has a Children’s Commissioner who will take up issues on behalf of children and young people.
Northern Ireland: https://www.niccy.org/
Our fostering advisors can also give you help and support in identifying an advocate for your foster child. Call us on 01527 836 910
- The foster children are all siblings in relation to each other.
- Exemptions can only be granted by the local authority within whose area the foster carer lives and only in relation to specific placements (in which case they must set out the terms as detailed below), and.
- The foster carer’s terms of approval allow it (any terms of approval must be compatible with the number of children the foster carer is caring for even if an exemption to the usual fostering limit has been granted, unless the placement is an emergency and for less than 6 days).
- A local authority cannot grant an exemption to the usual fostering limit to a foster carer living outside of its area.
- The number of children the person proposes to foster.
- The arrangements which the person proposes for the care and accommodation of the fostered children.
- The intended and likely relationship between the person and the fostered children, and.
- Whether the welfare of the fostered children (and of any other children who are, or will be living, in the accommodation) will be safeguarded or promoted.
- That s/he is exempted;
- Of the children, described by name, whom s/he may foster; and
- Of any condition(s) to which the exemption is subject to.
- Are there any restrictions in the child’s care plan or placement plan.
- Are they any court orders prohibiting or restricting overnight stays or holidays.
- Are they any factors in the child’s background, past experience or behaviour that preclude the trip or holiday.
- Are there any grounds for concern that the child might be at risk in the household concerned or from activities proposed.
- What is the age and understanding of the child about the trip.
- What are the reasons for the stay/trip.
- How long is it for.
- There is no statutory duty to obtain DBS (police) checks in relation to a private household where a child may stay overnight or visit, or who the child may accompany on holiday or a school trip.
- There is no requirement for the adults in the household that the child visits or accompanies on holiday to be approved as a foster carer, as the child remains formally placed with their usual foster carers.
- Pre-approval training.
- Induction training – working in partnership with your fostering provider.
- Ongoing core training – Safe Caring, communicating with children, coping with allegations, etc.
- Ongoing specialist training – Men who Foster. Working with Challenging Behaviour.
- Professional vocational training – NVQ level 3.
|Age of child (years)||0 – 4||5 – 15||16+|
|Maintenance allowance for ongoing costs||£188||£171||£213|
|Age Group||Per week||Per 4 weeks|
|0 – 4 years||£129.38||£517.52|
|5 – 10 years||£142.95||£571.80|
|11 – 15 years||£164.56||£658.24|
|Age of child||Tax Relief per week|
|Under 11||£200 per child|
|Over 11||£250 per child|
- Accessing the extended hours is consistent with the child’s care plan; and
- Where these is a single foster parent family, the foster parent is engaging in paid work outside their role as a foster parent; or
- Where there are two foster parents in the same fostering household, both are engaging in paid work outside their role as a foster parent.