Fostering Service Statement of Purpose

Size: px
Start display at page:

Download "Fostering Service Statement of Purpose"

Transcription

1 Directorate of Children, Education and Early Help Services Fostering Service Fostering Statement of Purpose Service Statement of Purpose 2016/ /17 February 2016

2 Context Reading Borough Council s Fostering Service is an integral part of the Directorate of Children, Education and Early Help Services. It operates within the legislative requirements of: The Children Act 1989 The Children Act 2004 The Children and Families Act 2014 The Care Planning, Placement and Case Review Regulations 2010 and 2013 (Amendments) The Care Standards Act 2000, Regulations 2010 and accompanying National Minimum Standards for Fostering Services The Fostering Regulations and National Minimum Standards 2011 and 2013 The Children (Private Arrangements for Fostering) Regulations 2005 and accompanying National Minimum Standards The Equality Act 2010 The Disability Discrimination Act 1995 and 2005 The Human Rights Act 1998 and Amendments The Children (Leaving Care) Act 2000 Other relevant legislation and Department of Health guidance, circulars and letters. Reading Borough Council s Fostering Service operates in accordance with the requirements and expectations of: The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child The United Kingdom National Standards for Foster Care 1999 The Code of Practice on the Recruitment, Assessment, Approval, Training, Management and Support of Foster Carers 2005 The Outcomes Framework of Every Child Matters: Change for Children The Children s and Young People s Plan Other relevant interagency local strategies and plans required by statute Reading Borough Council s internal policies, procedures and Corporate Plan which includes the following key ambitions: 1

3 Aims & Objectives People who are vulnerable are cared for and protected; people are supported and protected when they need to be. Good quality public services are provided by staff working within a learning environment which supports continual improvement in terms of the effectiveness of practice. Deliver the Directorate Vision, LEAP; Listen to our children, young people and families. Enable families to make better choices to have a positive impact. Act quickly to deliver the right support and outcomes for each child working in a child focused, transparent, timely and inclusive way. Partnership working to deliver integrated help early enough to be effective and proportionate. Deliver the pledge to children in the care of Reading Borough Council. This pledge sets out the standard of care children and young people can expect from the council. The pledge details the support and guidance provided under the following broad headings: Being Involved - Participation Permanence Your Education Life Outside of SchoolTransition to Independence Provide looked after children with a safe, stable, nurturing family environment which will promote their health, educational achievement and wellbeing, and which will assist them in coming to terms with their life experience and reaching their full potential. Provide different types of foster placements to meet the needs of the children being looked after, including temporary, permanent, respite and short breaks. To retain a skilled group of foster carers who are able to meet the needs of children who are looked after. To recruit and assess foster carers in a consistent and visible manner to engage the right quality and number of carers to meet the demands for placements. To meet the key aims of Reading Borough Council and the objectives of the Children and Young People s Plan. 2

4 Service Delivery Children first All work within the Fostering Service is guided by determining and acting on what is in the best interests of each child. Placement matching Placement matching means placing children with a family that can meet their needs. This includes considering the wishes and views of the children, the child s birth parents and significant relatives, as well as factors such as heritage, faith and language. Placement matching is undertaken by the Fostering Duty Social Worker with the area Children s Social Work Teams. When placing children, proximity to schools plus family and friends is taken into consideration. It is recognised that the family placement needs of Looked After Children will be best met through the development of a full range of in house placements. The Fostering Service does not always achieve this within the timescales determined by young people s needs. In these circumstances it is sometimes necessary to purchase independent external provision. A framework agreement has been set up in partnership with Wokingham, Bracknell and 10 other Southern Local Authorities. 26 independent fostering providers are included in this framework. In addition a list of 33 approved providers has also been established. This arrangement was designed to ensure that foster carers are recruited to meet local placement needs that a high standard of care is maintained and best value for money is achieved in the process. The Commissioning Team established and maintains this framework agreement. Types of fostering Fostering is a positive option for children whose needs cannot be met within their birth family. The requirement for alternative care arrangements may be temporary, short term or long term. Reading Borough Council aims to provide a range of placement options to meet the needs of children who need care, including emergency placements, respite, Supported Lodgings, short term, long term, parent and child, as well as managing placements with family and friends and a range of short breaks placements. 3

5 Working together The Fostering Service provides support to foster carers in meeting the social and emotional wellbeing of the children they look after through services provided by the Options Therapeutic Team. These services include therapeutic consultation for Children s Social Workers and foster carers, the direct delivery of individual therapy for children and young people. Including creative and talking based therapies. Direct work with children and young people in the community with a Skills Coach, to enable them to develop positive strategies to manage their emotional and mental health. Family interventions including family therapy, KEEP project and attachment base parenting work. Individual support packages are tailored to meet the assessed needs of the children and carers concerned. The Fostering Service works with a range of other teams and departments to ensure good quality care for the children being looked after and support for the foster carers. We work as close partners with the Directorate Children s Social Work Teams to ensure integrated planning and effective service delivery. We work with agencies and services in specialist fields such as Health (via the Looked After Children s Nurse, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service) and Education (via the Virtual Head for Looked After Children) as well as with Independent Reviewing Officers, children, children s parents and wider family members. Recruiting and Approving Foster Carers Reading Borough Council uses a variety of marketing approaches to recruit a diverse range of foster carers who can meet the needs of children in Reading. The Fostering Service has developed a comprehensive plan of recruitment activity for the forthcoming year. The primary objective is to maintain a highly visible profile for fostering through promotional activity in order that the local community is reminded regularly of the need for foster parents, particularly amongst specific community and cultural groups. The Recruitment and Assessment Team are working in partnership with the Reading Christian Network on the Home for Good project which aims to recruitment 40 foster carers over a three period from the network of churches within Reading. Assessment of Prospective Foster Carers In assessing prospective foster carers, Reading Borough Council follows the Fostering Services Regulations, (2011 & 2013), National Minimum Care Standards Act, (2000), The National Minimum Standards for Fostering Services as well as adhering to the good practice guidance provided by the Coram/ British Association of Adoption and Fostering (BAAF) partnership and The Fostering Network. 4

6 Following an initial enquiry, all prospective applicants will be contacted by telephone within one working day and have an opportunity to have a discussion with the duty worker who will send an information pack as appropriate. Prospective applicants are offered a visit at home so they can further discuss their interest in fostering with Reading Borough Council. All suitable applicants will progress to Stage 1 of the process which includes the Skills to Foster preparation training. This is also when statutory and best practice checks and references are undertaken; these include a number of formal checks with agencies such as police, health and education. On successful completion of this stage, applicants will progress to Stage 2. An assessing social worker is allocated to undertake a parenting skills-based assessment with the prospective carer (based on the BAAF process) and further checks are undertaken which include personal references and home, health and safety assessments. Stage 1 and Stage 2 will sometimes be undertaken at the same time to help expedite the process and avoid delay. Approval of Foster Carers The assessment process ends with a written report which is then read and signed by the prospective carers and presented to an independent Foster Panel for review. Reading s Foster Panel is made up of members who have relevant individual and/or professional experience or expertise in looking after children. The Foster Panel considers and makes recommendations about the approval and review of foster carers and family and friends carers ( Connected Persons ), matches children to permanent foster or family and friends foster placements and oversees the assessment and review of foster carers. The Panel meets on planned dates, twice a month and will convene more frequently if required. Reading Borough Council maintains a central list of persons considered suitable to be members of the Foster Panel. Membership and practice conforms to regulatory requirements including independent panel chairs. The Foster Panel makes a recommendation in terms of the approval of the foster carer, which is shared with the applicants. The Agency Decision Maker subsequently makes the approval decision, which is communicated to the applicants verbally within 2 days of the decision and in writing within 5 working days. There is a Foster Panel Adviser available to the Panel, who is not a Panel member. The Foster Panel provides an information leaflet for applicants, including details of Panel processes and membership. Everyone attending the Panel is required to complete a feedback form about their experience and feedback is shared with Panel members. 5

7 All Panel members are subject to annual appraisal by the independent Panel Chair in consultation with the Panel Adviser. The recommendation of the panel is sent to the Agency Decision Maker for Reading County Council. The Agency Decision Maker has the final decision on approval of foster carers. On approval, a supervising social worker from the Fostering Service s Support and Development section is allocated to support the foster carer with their role. Training Foster Carers During the assessment, prospective carers attend a three day Skills to Foster preparation training course. This training is an essential element in the preparation of foster carers for the task of looking after children and young people. Post approval foster carers are expected to participate in locally delivered training which is essential in undertaking the fostering task. They are also required to complete the Training, Support and Development standards (TSD Standards) for foster carers. Training for carers includes provision of the Level 3 Diploma for the Children s and Young People s Workforce. Training is delivered by staff, foster carers and specially commissioned trainers. This programme is managed by the Reading Borough Council Workforce Development Team. A comprehensive programme of additional training is available for foster carers, providing training in issues specific to the children and young people who they are looking after. The allocated fostering Supervising Social Worker will work alongside the foster carer to ensure that they have appropriate opportunities for training and development on an ongoing basis. This includes the KEEPSafe programme (for carers approved for year olds). This is a positive parenting training programme for mainstream foster carers and family and friends carers to improve skills and resilience when looking after challenging children. This is achieved through a structured training programme of 1 day per week delivered over a period of 20 weeks. The training programme provides practical skills and support to give foster carers the confidence to implement positive strategies to enable children and young people to make behaviour changes. This scheme is designed to increase placement stability and improve outcomes for Looked After Children. Supporting Foster Carers Financial support All foster carers receive an allowance for each child they foster. Reading Borough Council provides a clearly defined and effectively administered allowance scheme that meets the full maintenance costs of caring for a child/young person in foster care and those receiving planned short break care. In addition generic foster carers also receive a remunerative carer s fee 6

8 which recognizes both the skills and experience of different carers in addition to the different levels of involvement possible to deliver and develop the fostering services. An appraisal process reviews foster carers against a set of specific skills criteria the carer s fee is paid at 3 clearly defined skill levels. Foster carers also receive a paid, 14 day service break per annum (time out from fostering) as an agreed period or pattern of respite. Practical Support All foster carers work with an allocated fostering supervising social worker who has responsibility for managing and supporting them (including their ongoing training and development). Supervision visits take place every four weeks providing advice, information and support to the fostering family. Supervision is complemented by a series of support groups for baby carers, teenage carers and family and friends carers. Child care costs can be paid for foster carers who attend training and meetings. Reading Borough Council provides for its foster carers to receive automatic membership to Fostering Network and access to the fostering service out-of-hours telephone line (providing advice and support from Reading Borough Council fostering social workers). In addition the Berkshire-wide Emergency Duty Team provides emergency out-of-hours support for foster carers and the children placed. Reading Borough Council foster carers are matched with a Buddy ; an experienced foster carer who can provide practical support and advice on the fostering role. Foster carers can also access the Mentoring Scheme where they are matched with approved/experienced foster carers for advice and guidance in relation to specific areas of fostering practice. In addition to formal support, foster carers are encouraged to participate in informal support and social activities organized by other carers. Reading Carers Link, run by RBC foster carers, provides a range of support, including an out of hours telephone link to experienced foster carers, a monthly newsletter and visits to newly approved carers The Fostering Service hosts an Annual Foster Carer s Dinner/Event where the local authority commends its foster carers for their services and celebrates their successes and achievements throughout the year. The fostering duty system provides a greater level of continuity to Foster Carers, Children s Social Workers and Independent Fostering Agencies, resulting in better outcomes for children. We continue to use our system of a fulltime dedicated Duty Officer (qualified social worker) and a back up duty social worker who are supported by a duty manager; these roles are managed on a rota basis. 7

9 Assessment and Support of Family and Friends Carers ( Connected Persons ). A specific group of workers assess and support carers offering placements to children/young people with family and friends/kinship carers or a connected person. This includes an advisory and support service for carers who apply for Special Guardianship, existing Residence Orders or Child Arrangement Orders. The Private Fostering Service safeguards and protects the welfare of children who are cared for away from their families by private foster carers, and promotes community awareness of the National Minimum Standards and Regulations that apply to Private Foster Care. This service sits within the Family and Friends section, where carers and the children placed with them, can access support that is tailored to meet their needs. Reviewing Foster Carers Formal supervision sessions with foster carers include reviews of the foster carer s record keeping and outcomes they are delivering for the children in their care. A supervising social worker will undertake unannounced visits to the foster home and there is a formal annual review of each fostering household. Annual Reviews of the terms of approval, the registration and performance of all approved carers are completed and scrutinised by an independent Placement Reviewing Officer (PRO). The first annual review is presented to the independent Foster Panel. In addition further reviews should be undertaken if a change of approval is recommended/requested by the carer or in the case of a serious complaint. Service Statistics Children living in care At the end of December 2015, there were 242 children in the care of Reading Borough Council. Out of this total, 26% (65 children) lived with Reading Borough Council carers, 38% (93 children) were in placements commissioned through Independent agencies and 12% (30 children) were placed with Family and Friends carers. Reading Borough Council was also supporting 2 Staying Put arrangements, with inhouse carers and 5 with independent providers. In addition short break placements were being provided to 18 Children with disabilities/special needs as of December 2015 this included: 8

10 0 Looked After Children in foster care 18 receiving short breaks (as non-looked After Children) 0 being considered for links. Fostering Service Foster carers At the end of December 2015, Reading Fostering Service has 97(this includes Short Breaks) fostering units: 56 Short Term 13 Family and Friends (inc SGO & RO) 2 Supported Lodgings Carers 8 Long Term 6 Respite Carers Short Breaks Carers for Disabled Children: 8 Overnight 4 Day Care Service Feedback for 2015 Complaints about the Family Placement Service Feedback is vital to our growth and development. We take great pride in the services we provide and want to ensure we deliver a quality service to all. We welcome feedback and deal with all comments promptly and professionally. As part of our commitment to safeguarding, we ensure that children and young people in care and foster carers are aware of our Comments and Complaints Procedure and know how to raise concerns. The Fostering Team Manager records and monitors complaints. An Independent Visitor Scheme is available to Looked After Children who do not have a significant relative. An independent advocacy service for Looked After Children has been commissioned. This is available from the National Youth Advocacy Service (NYAS). They can be contacted on tel: In 2015 the Family Placement Service received 6 complaints in total (3 Statutory Complaints and 3 Corporate Complaints) about the service. One complaint was resolved informally; one was resolved at Stage 1 and 4 at Stage 9

11 2 of the corporate process. Complaints against foster carers All complaints against foster carers are investigated using the Complaints and Allegations Procedure which is outlined in the Foster Carers Handbook. Emphasis is placed on resolving complaints of this nature swiftly. In 2015 the Family Placement Service received 15 allegations were made against foster carers. In supporting foster carers, the Family Placement Service employs The Fostering Network Independent Fostering Support Service to aid foster carers who are subject to investigation following an allegation. Complaints against foster carers All complaints against Foster Carers are investigated using the Complaints and Allegations Procedure which is outlined in the Foster Carers Handbook. In the event that a Foster Carer s practice gives cause for concern the Fostering Service holds a Joint Evaluation Meeting (JEM) to discuss the situation. Recommendations will be made with a view to ensuring that appropriate care is maintained for the children concerned. In the event a foster carers practice is identified as a Standards of Care concern an investigation will be undertaken and the case presented to the Independent Fostering Panel who undertake a quality assurance function by reviewing the case. 10

12 Management Structure and Contact Details Registered Provider Reading Borough Council Fostering Agency: Directorate of Children, Education and Early Help Services Floor 2, Civic Offices, Bridge St, Reading, Berkshire RG1 2LU Agency Decision Maker Head of Service (Safeguarding and Children s Social Care): Catherine Parry and Service Manager (Family Placements): Jean Ash Directorate of Children, Education and Early Help Services Floor 2, Civic Offices, Bridge St, Reading, Berkshire RG1 2LU Responsible Individual Service Manager (Family Placements): Jean Ash Registered Manager Fostering Team Manager: Kirsty Benson-Allison 2-4 Darwin Close Reading, Berkshire RG1 9NT Two independent workers perform the Chair/Vice Chair functions of the Fostering Panel. An independent worker undertakes the role of Fostering Panel Adviser. 11

13 Catherine Parry Head of Children s Social Care Jean Ash Service Manager Kirsty Benson-Allison Team Manager Specialist Fostering 0.8 FTE ATM Fostering S&D 0.8 FTE Programme Supervisor KEEP 0.5 FTE SW Support & Development 1 FTE (Higher Specialist) Support & Development 1 FTE Systemic Therapist KEEP 0.5 FTE Lead Facilitator & Clinical Psychologist 1 FTE SW Support & Development 1 FTE 0.5 post moved to Family & Friends (below) Co-Facilitator KEEP 0.5 FTE Skills Coach KEEP 0.5 FTE SW Support & Development 1 FTE SW Support & Development 1 FTE Creative Therapist - KEEP 0.5 FTE ATM Short Breaks, Fostering & supported lodgings 0.6 FTE ATM - Recruitment & Assessment 1 FTE Social Worker - Short Break Scheme 1 FTE (Higher Specialist) Duty Social Worker Fostering Duty 1 FTE (Higher Specialist) SW - Recruitment & Assessment 1 FTE (Higher Specialist) SW - Recruitment & Assessment 0 65 FTE (Higher Specialist) SW Support & Development 0.5 FTE Social Worker - Short Break Scheme 1 FTE (Higher Specialist) SW - Recruitment & Assessment 1 FTE Vacancy SW - Recruitment & Assessment 0.5 FTE interviews ATM Friends & Family 0 8 FTE Jana Shulkin SW - Permanency 1 FTE Recruitment Officer 0 5 FTE Social Worker Friends & Family 1 0 FTE (Higher Specialist) Family & friends 0.5 FTE (Agency) Social Worker Friends & Family 0 5 FTE Social Worker Friends & Family 1 FTE Social Worker Friends & Family 0 8 FTE Social Worker Friends & Family 1 FTE (Locum) Permanent from 2/11/2015 SW - Permanency 0.76 FTE (Agency) Holli will soon be taking up a full -time, permanent role, as a Fostering Permanency SW Permanency 1 FTE (Agency) Recruitment Officer 0.5 FTE SW - Permanency 0.54 FTE (Agency) 12

14 Staffing Structure (as of January 2015) The Fostering Service Team Manager (Recruitment and Assessment, Permanency Fostering, KEEPSafe and the LAC Therapeutic Service, Support and Development, Supported Lodgings, Family and Friends and Short Breaks) manages the following staff: Recruitment and Assessment Assistant Team Manager 1 x1 FTE Higher Specialists Social Worker Social Worker Social Worker (permanency work) Recruitment Officer 1 x 1.65 FTE 1 x 1 FTE 1 x 0.5 FTE 2 x 1 FTE 1 x 1 FTE Support & Development Section (Fostering + Supported Lodgings) Assistant Team Manager 1 x 0.8 FTE Higher Specialist 1 x 1 FTE Social Workers 1 x 0.5 FTE Social Workers 6 x 1 FTE Short Breaks for Children with Disabilities Assistant Team Manager 1 x 0.6 FTE Higher Specialists 2 x 1 FTE Social Workers 1 x 1 FTE 13

15 Family and Friends Section: Assistant Team Manager Higher Specialists Social Workers Social Worker Social Worker 1 x 0.8 FTE 1 x 1 FTE 1 x 0.8 FTE 1 x 0.5 FTE 1 x 0.5 FTE KEEPSafe: Programme Manager 1 x 0.5 FTE Lead Facilitator & Clinical Psychologist 1 x 1 FTE Co-facilitator 1 x 0.5 FTE Creative Therapist 1 x 0.5 FTE Systemic Therapist 1 x 0.5 FTE Skills Coach 1 x 0.5 FTE Staff Qualifications and experience: Service managers and team managers have both social work and management qualification/training to support their extensive experience in providing services for children. They are registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). Social Workers all hold relevant professional qualifications and are registered with the HCPC, as well as having experience in supporting children in need and Looked After Children. Social Work Assistants do not hold a professional qualification but have experience of working with children, young people and families gained from working with a range of services. They work under close supervision of social workers and team managers. Independent and Agency Workers: The Fostering Service employs independent workers when necessary, from a regular pool of workers, to undertake assessments of foster carer applicants. Agency workers are only employed when permission is granted as a result of the need to cover a staffing vacancy. Business Support Team: At present 1 x full-time member of staff for the Permanency Service and 1 x full-time for the Fostering, Short Breaks and Directions, 1 x full-time Panel Coordinator for the Foster Panel, 1 x part time senior administrator and 1 x part time general Administrator. 14

16 Performance: Senior Managers chair regular meetings that monitor and track performance. The information monitored relates to each stage of service delivery, from the prospective carer s initial enquiry to post-approval ongoing supervision. Reading Borough Council s Directorate Management Team and the Corporate Parenting Panel (which meets quarterly) scrutinise the performance of the Fostering Service as part of its overview of the quality of care offered to the Local Authority s Looked After Children. Details of the Registration Authority OFSTED, Piccadilly Gate, Store Street, Manchester M1 2WD Tel: Website: 15

17 APPENDIX 1 New foster carers (units) and foster carers who have left the scheme during April 2015 January 2016: New carers (units): 5 Short Term 1 Respite 22 Family and Friends (inc Special Guardianship Order & Child Arrangement Order) 0 Short Breaks for disabled children TOTAL = 28 (inc Family and Friends) Current and new supported lodgings carers, and numbers who left the scheme during 2013: New Carers to the Scheme: 0 Resignation of Carers: 0 16

18 17

Directorate of Children, Education and Early Help Services. Fostering Service. Statement of Purpose 2015/16

Directorate of Children, Education and Early Help Services. Fostering Service. Statement of Purpose 2015/16 Directorate of Children, Education and Early Help Services Fostering Service Statement of Purpose 2015/16 February 2015 r 1. Context Reading Borough Council s Fostering Service is an integral part of the

More information

London Borough of Hackney. Fostering Service Statement of Purpose

London Borough of Hackney. Fostering Service Statement of Purpose London Borough of Hackney Fostering Service Statement of Purpose November 2015 1 Contents Page Introduction 2 Aims and objectives of the service 3 Management and staffing structure 4 Placements provided

More information

London Borough of Bromley Education, Care and Health Services Children s Social Care Bromley Adoption Service Statement of Purpose

London Borough of Bromley Education, Care and Health Services Children s Social Care Bromley Adoption Service Statement of Purpose London Borough of Bromley Education, Care and Health Services Children s Social Care Bromley Adoption Service Statement of Purpose 2015-2016 Mission Statement Bromley Council s Adoption Service believes

More information

SOLIHULL METROPOLITAN BOROUGH COUNCIL FOSTERING SERVICES - STATEMENT OF PURPOSE 2015-2016

SOLIHULL METROPOLITAN BOROUGH COUNCIL FOSTERING SERVICES - STATEMENT OF PURPOSE 2015-2016 SOLIHULL METROPOLITAN BOROUGH COUNCIL FOSTERING SERVICES - STATEMENT OF PURPOSE 2015-2016 1. Introduction The National Minimum Standards and Regulations for Fostering Services issued by the Secretary of

More information

Statement of Purpose

Statement of Purpose FosteringMatters Statement of Purpose FosteringMatters Limited is an Independent Fostering Agency, incorporated in May 2004, which began trading in September 2004. The three directors, Geoff Mc Kay, Eileen

More information

Directorate of Children, Education and Early Help Services. Adoption Service. Statement of Purpose 2016/17. Context. Updated February

Directorate of Children, Education and Early Help Services. Adoption Service. Statement of Purpose 2016/17. Context. Updated February Directorate of Children, Education and Early Help Services Adoption Service Statement of Purpose 2016/17 Context Updated February 2016 1 Introduction This Statement of Purpose has been produced in association

More information

Directorate of Children, Education and Early Help Services. Adoption Service. Statement of Purpose 2015/16

Directorate of Children, Education and Early Help Services. Adoption Service. Statement of Purpose 2015/16 Directorate of Children, Education and Early Help Services Adoption Service Statement of Purpose 2015/16 Updated February 2015 Context Reading Borough Council, through the power delegated to the Director

More information

Slough Children s Services Trust Independent Fostering Agency Statement of Purpose 2016-2017

Slough Children s Services Trust Independent Fostering Agency Statement of Purpose 2016-2017 Slough Children s Services Trust Independent Fostering Agency Statement of Purpose 2016-2017 Prepared by: Colin Bent and Jo Neale Practice Managers - Fostering Fostering Statement of Purpose 2016-2017

More information

1 Fostering Statement of Purpose

1 Fostering Statement of Purpose 1 CHILDREN S PLACEMENTS SERVICE FOSTERING STATEMENT OF PURPOSE 2015-16 The Statement of Purpose relates to the Fostering Services provided by Bexley Children s Placement Service and is a requirement under

More information

Fostering Service Statement of Purpose

Fostering Service Statement of Purpose Fostering Service Statement of Purpose Joanna Waterhouse Family Placement Service 21/6/2013 www.manchester.gov.uk Registered Manager- Joanna Waterhouse, Head of Service Registered Provider- Joanna Waterhouse,

More information

Derby City Council Fostering Service. Statement of Purpose: Why we are here and what we will do.

Derby City Council Fostering Service. Statement of Purpose: Why we are here and what we will do. Derby City Council Fostering Service Statement of Purpose: Why we are here and what we will do. December 2015 Andy Smith 1 Acting Director of Children & Young People s Services CONTENTS Page no. 1 Introduction:

More information

Statement of Purpose 2015/2016

Statement of Purpose 2015/2016 Statement of Purpose 2015/2016 Contents Introduction 2 About Active Care Solutions 3 Services provided 4 Organisational structure 5 Recruitment, assessment and approval of foster carers 6 Support to foster

More information

Fostering Statement of Purpose

Fostering Statement of Purpose Fostering Statement of Purpose 2015-2016 1 INTRODUCTION AND LEGAL CONTEXT Brent Council Fostering Service s Statement of Purpose is prepared in accordance with the requirements of the Care Standards Act

More information

PACT Adoption Service Statement of Purpose 2015

PACT Adoption Service Statement of Purpose 2015 PACT Adoption Service Statement of Purpose 2015 Author: Shirley Elliott Review by: SMT Version: 2 First issue date: 17/3/10 Review cycle: annual Last review date 09/03/2015 Related documents SOP Adoption

More information

STATEMENT OF PURPOSE SOLIHULL METROPOLITAN BOROUGH COUNCIL CHILDREN AND SKILLS DIRECTORATE ADOPTION AGENCY OF SOLIHULL METROPOLITAN

STATEMENT OF PURPOSE SOLIHULL METROPOLITAN BOROUGH COUNCIL CHILDREN AND SKILLS DIRECTORATE ADOPTION AGENCY OF SOLIHULL METROPOLITAN STATEMENT OF PURPOSE 2015-16 SOLIHULL METROPOLITAN BOROUGH COUNCIL CHILDREN AND SKILLS DIRECTORATE ADOPTION AGENCY OF SOLIHULL METROPOLITAN 1 INTRODUCTION BOROUGH COUNCIL The Statement of Purpose sets

More information

Training, Support and Development Standards for Foster Care

Training, Support and Development Standards for Foster Care Training, Support and Development Standards for Foster Care Guidance for Managers, Supervising Social Workers Refreshed: November 2012 Guidance for Supervising Social Workers, Managers and Training Officers

More information

LONDON BOROUGH OF EALING ADOPTION SERVICE STATEMENT OF PURPOSE 2014-2015

LONDON BOROUGH OF EALING ADOPTION SERVICE STATEMENT OF PURPOSE 2014-2015 LONDON BOROUGH OF EALING ADOPTION SERVICE STATEMENT OF PURPOSE 2014-2015 Carolyn Fair May 2011 Updated February 2014 1 Introduction 1.1 The London Borough of Ealing, through the power delegated to the

More information

Statement of Purpose. Buckinghamshire County Council Fostering Service

Statement of Purpose. Buckinghamshire County Council Fostering Service Statement of Purpose Buckinghamshire County Council Fostering Service Contact Officer: Keith Francis Date: November 2013 Division: Children & Families Service Version Number: 1.4 Approved by: Angela Macpherson

More information

STATEMENT OF PURPOSE FOSTERING SERVICE 20011/2012. The Family Placement Team Room 600 Rutland building County Hall Leicestershire LE3 8RL

STATEMENT OF PURPOSE FOSTERING SERVICE 20011/2012. The Family Placement Team Room 600 Rutland building County Hall Leicestershire LE3 8RL STATEMENT OF PURPOSE FOSTERING SERVICE 20011/2012 The Family Placement Team Room 600 Rutland building County Hall Leicestershire LE3 8RL Telephone 0116 305 4867 Fax 0116 305 4941 October 2011 1. Introduction

More information

Walsall Fostering Service. Statement of Purpose July 2014. Better together for children

Walsall Fostering Service. Statement of Purpose July 2014. Better together for children Walsall Fostering Service Statement of Purpose July 2014 Better together for children 1 2 Index Section Information Page Executive Summary...3 1 Introduction...5 2 Aims and Objectives...6 3 Role of the

More information

FOSTERING STATEMENT OF PURPOSE

FOSTERING STATEMENT OF PURPOSE PETERBOROUGH CITY COUNCIL CHILDREN S SERVICES DEPARTMENT FOSTERING STATEMENT OF PURPOSE PUBLICATION SCHEDULE NUMBER: PUBLICATION DATE: March 2014 AUTHORISING OFFICER: Debbie Haith Assistant Director of

More information

STATEMENT OF PURPOSE STATEMENT PURPOSE. This document and all contents copyright Foster Care Link 2013. Abuse of copyright may lead to prosecution.

STATEMENT OF PURPOSE STATEMENT PURPOSE. This document and all contents copyright Foster Care Link 2013. Abuse of copyright may lead to prosecution. STATEMENT OF August 2014 This document and all contents copyright Foster Care Link 2013. Abuse of copyright may lead to prosecution. 1 1. INTRODUCTION 1.1 Foster Care Link is an independent fostering agency

More information

Adoption Service. Statement of Purpose

Adoption Service. Statement of Purpose Adoption Service Statement of Purpose 2 Adoption Service Statement of Purpose Contents Introduction...3 Acts...3 Statutory Instruments...4 Government Guidance...5 Standards...5 Strategic Aims...6 Aims

More information

NEWPORT CITY COUNCIL FOSTERING SERVICE STATEMENT OF PURPOSE. January 2016 1

NEWPORT CITY COUNCIL FOSTERING SERVICE STATEMENT OF PURPOSE. January 2016 1 NEWPORT CITY COUNCIL FOSTERING SERVICE STATEMENT OF PURPOSE January 2016 1 Introduction to the Fostering Service Statement of Purpose This statement has been produced in accordance with the Fostering Services

More information

STATEMENT OF PURPOSE

STATEMENT OF PURPOSE STATEMENT OF PURPOSE The Hope Fostering Service Statement of Purpose has been endorsed by the Management Board Geraldine Browne - Operational Manager (JANUARY 2015) INDEX APPENDIX SUBJECT PAGE Index 1

More information

LEICESTERSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL PERMANENCE POLICY 2013

LEICESTERSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL PERMANENCE POLICY 2013 LEICESTERSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL PERMANENCE POLICY 2013 1. PURPOSE 1.1 This Permanence Policy updates Leicestershire County Council s response to the requirement of the Children Act 1989 that local authorities

More information

STATEMENT OF PURPOSE

STATEMENT OF PURPOSE STATEMENT OF PURPOSE [Reference: Regulation 3(i) of the Voluntary Adoption Agencies and the Adoption Agencies (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2013 England and Wales as amended by the Voluntary Adoption

More information

BLACKPOOL COUNCIL CHILDREN S SOCIAL CARE FOSTERING SERVICE STATEMENT OF PURPOSE. January 2015

BLACKPOOL COUNCIL CHILDREN S SOCIAL CARE FOSTERING SERVICE STATEMENT OF PURPOSE. January 2015 BLACKPOOL COUNCIL CHILDREN S SOCIAL CARE FOSTERING SERVICE STATEMENT OF PURPOSE January 2015 The Fostering Team is regulated and inspected by Ofsted against the Fostering Regulations 2011 and Fostering

More information

To act as a lead professional responsible for delivering a statutory social work service to those people who access or need the service.

To act as a lead professional responsible for delivering a statutory social work service to those people who access or need the service. Senior Social Worker Children s Social Care Role Profile: Grade: Grade 11 Accountable to: Accountable for: Senior Social Worker Practice Manager A small team Role Context & Purpose Job Category: Customer

More information

Appendix D. Adoption Service Statement of Purpose

Appendix D. Adoption Service Statement of Purpose Appendix D Adoption Service Statement of Purpose May 2013 Contents 1. Introduction 2. Principles and values 3. The Aims of the Agency 4. Objectives of the Agency 5. Recruiting, assessing and approving

More information

Durham County Council Adoption Service. Statement of Purpose 2015/16

Durham County Council Adoption Service. Statement of Purpose 2015/16 Durham County Council Adoption Service Statement of Purpose 2015/16 CONTENTS Introduction 3 Adoption Services 8 Recruitment and assessment of adopters 12 Adoption Panels 15 Numbers of adopters, children

More information

Fostering Service Statement of Purpose

Fostering Service Statement of Purpose Fostering Service Statement of Purpose May 2015 Contents 1. Introduction 2. National legislative and policy framework 3. Policy Statement 4. Aims 5. Objectives 6. Confidentiality and Conflicts of interest

More information

Statement of Purpose

Statement of Purpose Hartlepool Borough Council Child and Adult Services Adoption Service Statement of Purpose Published May 201 HARTLEPOOL BOROUGH COUNCIL ADOPTION SERVICE STATEMENT OF PURPOSE The Elected Members of Hartlepool

More information

2015/16. Statement of Purpose

2015/16. Statement of Purpose 2015/16 Statement of Purpose This Statement of Purpose is provided to and made available to employees, carers, local authorities, children and young people in placement and to the general public via The

More information

WORCESTERSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL ADOPTION SERVICE STATEMENT OF PURPOSE. April 2011

WORCESTERSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL ADOPTION SERVICE STATEMENT OF PURPOSE. April 2011 WORCESTERSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL ADOPTION SERVICE STATEMENT OF PURPOSE April 2011 If you would like this information in an alternative format such as large print, on audio cassette or CD, or in another language,

More information

Harrow Council People Services Directorate Children and Young People Services. Adoption Statement of Purpose

Harrow Council People Services Directorate Children and Young People Services. Adoption Statement of Purpose Harrow Council People Services Directorate Children and Young People Services Adoption Statement of Purpose 2015-2017 Next planned review: April 2017 Last updated: Dec 2015 1 CONTENTS 1. Introduction 2.

More information

Adoption Service Statement of Purpose

Adoption Service Statement of Purpose Sandwell Adoption Service Adoption Service Statement of Purpose January 2012 Author: Rachel Gillott Operations Manager Completed in January 2012 The Statement of Purpose sets out the aims and objectives

More information

Adoption Service. Statement of Purpose

Adoption Service. Statement of Purpose Adoption Service Statement of Purpose Local Authority Adoption Service Regulations and accompanying National Minimum Standards require all Adoption Services to have a Statement of Purpose. This document

More information

Aim 4 Supervise foster carers to ensure they offer appropriate and safe foster care for Looked After Children.

Aim 4 Supervise foster carers to ensure they offer appropriate and safe foster care for Looked After Children. The Fostering and Adoption Service Duty and Supervision Team Statement of Purpose 2014-2015 Introduction The following Statement of Purpose is divided into two parts. Part one sets out the broad aims and

More information

Group Manager Line management of a local team of 5-7 fte staff

Group Manager Line management of a local team of 5-7 fte staff Practice Manager Children s Social Care Role Profile: Practice Manager Grade: Grade 12 Accountable to: Accountable for: Role Context & Purpose Group Manager Line management of a local team of 5-7 fte staff

More information

Derby City Council Adoption Service Statement of Purpose

Derby City Council Adoption Service Statement of Purpose Derby City Council Adoption Service Statement of Purpose Derby City Council Adoption Service places children and their needs at the centre of its activity. The welfare and safety of children is of paramount

More information

Private fostering. Statement of Purpose June 2013

Private fostering. Statement of Purpose June 2013 Private fostering Statement of Purpose June 2013 Contents Section Title Page No Introduction 2 1 Legal definition of a privately fostered child 3 2 The Local Authority s duties and functions under 5 The

More information

Adoption Service Statement of Purpose 2015 2016

Adoption Service Statement of Purpose 2015 2016 Adoption Service Statement of Purpose 2015 2016 1 Introduction The London Borough of Brent believes that every child has the right to a stable, loving and permanent family to care for them, to promote

More information

FOSTERING SERVICE STATEMENT OF PURPOSE 2015-2016

FOSTERING SERVICE STATEMENT OF PURPOSE 2015-2016 Fostering Makes a Difference Cumbria County Council FOSTERING SERVICE STATEMENT OF PURPOSE 2015-2016 CONTENTS 1. Introduction 2. Aims and Objectives 3. Guiding Principles 4. Services to Foster Carers 5.

More information

Enabling Ordinary People to do Extraordinary Things. Information for Social Workers and Statement of Purpose

Enabling Ordinary People to do Extraordinary Things. Information for Social Workers and Statement of Purpose Enabling Ordinary People to do Extraordinary Things Information for Social Workers and Statement of Purpose 1 2 Welcome Thank you for your involvement in placing a child/ young person with this agency.

More information

ADOPTION SERVICE STATEMENT OF PURPOSE

ADOPTION SERVICE STATEMENT OF PURPOSE London Borough of Waltham Forest Children and Families Services ADOPTION SERVICE STATEMENT OF PURPOSE Revised November 2013 (Draft to be ratified) www.walthamforest.gov.uk/adopt 1 1. Introduction The Statement

More information

FOSTERING SERVICE STATEMENT OF PURPOSE 2012

FOSTERING SERVICE STATEMENT OF PURPOSE 2012 MAKE MIDDLESBROUGH FOSTERING YOUR COUNCIL FUTURE FOSTERING SERVICE STATEMENT OF PURPOSE 2012 AN INTRODUCTION TO FOSTERING WITH MIDDLESBROUGH SOCIAL SERVICES Issued in Feb 2012 by Middlesbrough Fostering

More information

Statement of Purpose 2015/2016

Statement of Purpose 2015/2016 2015/2016 Working Together Creating Families Contents Introduction... 4 Part One... 5 1. Aims and Objectives...5 2. The Organisation and Management of Adopt Berkshire... 6 3. Links to Other Agencies...

More information

CONWY COUNTY BOROUGH COUNCIL FOSTERING SERVICE STATEMENT OF PURPOSE

CONWY COUNTY BOROUGH COUNCIL FOSTERING SERVICE STATEMENT OF PURPOSE CONWY COUNTY BOROUGH COUNCIL FOSTERING SERVICE STATEMENT OF PURPOSE 5 th January 2015 Statement of Purpose Introduction Conwy County Borough Council This statement of purpose has been developed in accordance

More information

STATEMENT OF PURPOSE

STATEMENT OF PURPOSE CHILD AND ADULT SERVICES Published April 013 This Statement of Purpose was initially approved by the Elected Members of Hartlepool Borough Council on 9 th September 003. It was signed on behalf of the

More information

Children's homes inspection Full

Children's homes inspection Full Children's homes inspection Full Inspection date 4 July 2016 Unique reference number Type of inspection Provision subtype Registered provider Registered provider address SC391739 Full Children's home The

More information

Statement of Purpose

Statement of Purpose Statement of Purpose 2015/16 WHO WE ARE www.excelfostering.com ABOUT US Excel Fostering is an Independent Fostering Agency that was established in March 2009, and registered with Ofsted in October 2009;

More information

Statement of Purpose

Statement of Purpose London Borough of Newham Adoption Service Statement of Purpose 2015/2016 Contents 1. Introduction 2. Our vision for children and young people 3. Our objectives 4. Our principles and approach 5. Our staff

More information

Statement of Purpose, Policy, Principles. and Aims. Dorset County Council

Statement of Purpose, Policy, Principles. and Aims. Dorset County Council Statement of Purpose, Policy, Principles and Aims Statement of Purpose, Policy, Principles and Aims 0.0 Principles and Aims 0.1 Dorset County Council's Foster Care Service is a part of a "Family Placement

More information

Statement of Purpose

Statement of Purpose Statement of Purpose November 2012 Ofsted No: SC033934 The Dairy House 1 Mathon Place, Mathon Nr Malvern Worcestershire WR13 5NZ Tel: 01684 560333 Fax: 01684 569195 Email: fostering@priorygroup.com www.priorygroup.com/fostering

More information

Statement of Purpose

Statement of Purpose Statement of Purpose September 2015 Ofsted No: SC033934 The Dairy House 1 Mathon Place, Mathon Nr Malvern Worcestershire WR13 5NZ Tel: 01684 560333 Fax: 01684 569195 Email: fostering@priorygroup.com www.priorygroup.com/fostering

More information

Adoption Services. Statement of Purpose. Adoption & Permanence Team 47B East Dulwich Road London SE22 9BZ

Adoption Services. Statement of Purpose. Adoption & Permanence Team 47B East Dulwich Road London SE22 9BZ Adoption Services Statement of Purpose Adoption & Permanence Team 47B East Dulwich Road London SE22 9BZ 020 7525 4453 December 2005 SOUTHWARK COUNCIL CHILDREN S DIRECT SERVICES ADOPTION SERVICES - STATEMENT

More information

Luton Borough Council. Fostering Statement of Purpose. April 2015 - March 2016

Luton Borough Council. Fostering Statement of Purpose. April 2015 - March 2016 Luton Borough Council Fostering Statement of Purpose April 2015 - March 2016 1 Contents Page Introduction 3 Section 1 Background information, our vision, 4-7 aims and objectives of the service Section

More information

Statement of Purpose Version 1-2012

Statement of Purpose Version 1-2012 Statement of Purpose Version 1-2012 Contents 1. Vision Statement... 1 2. Introduction... 2 3. Aim & Objectives... 3 4. Philosophy of Pyramid Care Fostering Services... 4 5. Standards of Care... 6 6. Equality

More information

COVENTRY CITY ADOPTION SERVICE STATEMENT OF PURPOSE

COVENTRY CITY ADOPTION SERVICE STATEMENT OF PURPOSE COVENTRY CITY ADOPTION SERVICE STATEMENT OF PURPOSE July 2013 (updated) 1 1 Introduction 1.1 Pursuant to the Local Authority Adoption Service (England) Regulations 2003, as amended by the Local Authority

More information

Adoption Services Statement of Purpose City of York Council September 2015

Adoption Services Statement of Purpose City of York Council September 2015 Adoption Services Statement of Purpose City of York Council September 2015 Contents Aims and objectives of the service:... 2 Facilities and services... 3 Recruitment policy... 4 Eligibility criteria...

More information

May 2016. Statement of Purpose

May 2016. Statement of Purpose May 2016 Statement of Purpose Values Fostering excellence in child care At Children First we hold the following values highly MUTUAL RESPECT for all the people we work with and for, providing consideration

More information

Introduction 2. Aims and Objectives of the Adoption Service 4. Management and Staffing 6. Personnel 7. Services to Children 9

Introduction 2. Aims and Objectives of the Adoption Service 4. Management and Staffing 6. Personnel 7. Services to Children 9 Contents Introduction 2 Aims and Objectives of the Adoption Service 4 Management and Staffing 6 Personnel 7 Services to Children 9 Recruitment & Assessment of Adopters 11 Post Adoption Service 13 Additional

More information

STATEMENT OF PURPOSE 2014

STATEMENT OF PURPOSE 2014 0116 454 4540 STATEMENT OF PURPOSE 2014 Fostering and Adoption Centre 11 Friar Lane LEICESTER LE1 5RB Revised 4 th April 2014 INDEX SECTION PAGE Introduction 2 Aim of the adoption service 2 Objectives

More information

Neath Port Talbot Foster Plus Parent & Baby Scheme

Neath Port Talbot Foster Plus Parent & Baby Scheme Neath Port Talbot Foster Plus Parent & Baby Scheme www.npt.gov.uk/fostering Foster Plus Parent & Baby Scheme The Parent and Baby scheme is aimed at providing short term foster placements for a parent and

More information

ANNUAL REPORT ON ADOPTION ACTIVITY 2012-2013

ANNUAL REPORT ON ADOPTION ACTIVITY 2012-2013 London Borough of Bromley Education, Care and Health Services Children s Social Care ANNUAL REPORT ON ADOPTION ACTIVITY 2012-2013 CONTENTS 1. Bromley Adoption Agency 2. Bromley Adoption Team 3. Children

More information

Role Context & Purpose

Role Context & Purpose Group Manager Children s Social Care Services Role Profile: Grade: Accountable to: Accountable for: Senior Manager Hay B Service Leader 3-6 direct line reports, plus circa 48 staff that these direct reports

More information

CHILDREN & YOUNG PEOPLE S SERVICE

CHILDREN & YOUNG PEOPLE S SERVICE CHILDREN & YOUNG PEOPLE S SERVICE Fostering Statement of Purpose 2014 CONTENT PAGE Introduction 2 The Statement of Values 3 Aims & Objectives 4 Services Provided 6 -Recruitment of Prospective Foster Carers

More information

Private Fostering Services

Private Fostering Services Private Fostering Services Statement of Purpose To be read in conjunction with the London Borough of Tower Hamlets Protocol on Private Fostering Arrangements. Updated April 2009 1 Introduction This document

More information

in Havering How to become a foster carer for Havering rise to the challenge reap the rewards

in Havering How to become a foster carer for Havering rise to the challenge reap the rewards in Havering How to become a foster carer for Havering Introduction Thank you for expressing an interest in becoming a foster carer for Havering. We are always looking for new people to join our group of

More information

STATEMENT OF PURPOSE

STATEMENT OF PURPOSE LIBERTY FROM ABUSE LIBERTY FROM ADVERSITIES LIBERTY FROM NEGLECT STATEMENT OF PURPOSE The primary aim of the service is to provide safe and appropriate foster care placements for children accommodated

More information

Rochdale Adoption Service Statement of Purpose 2014/ 2015

Rochdale Adoption Service Statement of Purpose 2014/ 2015 Rochdale Adoption Service Statement of Purpose 2014/ 2015 1. Introduction 1.1 Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council is committed to providing a high quality adoption service. The statement of purpose will

More information

Senior CAMHS Educational Psychologist (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service)

Senior CAMHS Educational Psychologist (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service) Job Title: Job Grade: Directorate: Job Reference Number: Senior CAMHS Educational Psychologist (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service) Soulbury Salary Range (B) Points 1 4 plus up to 3 SPA Schools,

More information

Bournemouth Borough Council Children s Social Care. Private Fostering. Statement of Purpose 2015-2016

Bournemouth Borough Council Children s Social Care. Private Fostering. Statement of Purpose 2015-2016 Bournemouth Borough Council Children s Social Care Private Fostering Statement of Purpose 2015-2016 The Children (Private Arrangements for Fostering) Regulations 2005 National Minimum Standards for Private

More information

South Gloucestershire Council Adoption Service. Statement of Purpose

South Gloucestershire Council Adoption Service. Statement of Purpose Appendix one South Gloucestershire Council Adoption Service Statement of Purpose December 2011 This Statement of Purpose is published in accordance with the requirements of the Care Standards Act 2000.

More information

Fostering in Central Bedfordshire

Fostering in Central Bedfordshire prospects Fostering in Central Bedfordshire Everything you need to know A great place to live and work. Find us online Introduction Central Bedfordshire Council is responsible for arranging foster care

More information

Review Date 10 February 2016 STATEMENT OF PURPOSE INTEGRATED SERVICES PROGRAMME. KENT and SOUTH LONDON

Review Date 10 February 2016 STATEMENT OF PURPOSE INTEGRATED SERVICES PROGRAMME. KENT and SOUTH LONDON Review Date 10 February 2016 STATEMENT OF PURPOSE INTEGRATED SERVICES PROGRAMME KENT and SOUTH LONDON Contents Section 1. The Aims, Objectives and Principles Page 3 2. The Standards of Care to be followed

More information

STATEMENT OF PURPOSE INTEGRATED SERVICES PROGRAMME (ENFIELD 2016)

STATEMENT OF PURPOSE INTEGRATED SERVICES PROGRAMME (ENFIELD 2016) STATEMENT OF PURPOSE INTEGRATED SERVICES PROGRAMME (ENFIELD 2016) Contents 1. The Aims, Objectives and Principles Page 3 2. The Standards of Care to be followed Page 4 Including the recruitment and approval

More information

WAKEFIELD COUNCIL ADOPTION AGENCY

WAKEFIELD COUNCIL ADOPTION AGENCY WAKEFIELD COUNCIL ADOPTION AGENCY STATEMENT OF PURPOSE Adoption & Permanence Team Unit 21 Green s Industrial Estate Calder Vale Road WAKEFIELD WF1 5PH 2015-16 1 Index Page PAGE Introduction to Wakefield

More information

HEREFORDSHIRE COUNCIL ADOPTION AGENCY. STATEMENT OF PURPOSE Dated: April 2012 URN: SC057941

HEREFORDSHIRE COUNCIL ADOPTION AGENCY. STATEMENT OF PURPOSE Dated: April 2012 URN: SC057941 HEREFORDSHIRE COUNCIL ADOPTION AGENCY STATEMENT OF PURPOSE Dated: April 2012 URN: SC057941 CONTENTS 1. Aims and Objectives of the local authority in relation to the Adoption Service 2. Number, qualification

More information

Participation and Engagement Strategy for Children and Young People

Participation and Engagement Strategy for Children and Young People Participation and Engagement Strategy for Children and Young People Ensuring children and young people s voices are embedded in the work of the Northamptonshire County Council Children, Families and Education

More information

CDC 502 Support policies, procedures and practice to safeguard children and ensure their inclusion and well-being

CDC 502 Support policies, procedures and practice to safeguard children and ensure their inclusion and well-being Child Care Occupational Standard MQF Level 5 CDC 501 Establish and develop working relationships CDC 502 Support policies, procedures and practice to safeguard children and ensure their inclusion and well-being

More information

Job Description. Job Title: Social Worker Social Work Team for Children with Disabilities

Job Description. Job Title: Social Worker Social Work Team for Children with Disabilities Job Description Job Title: Social Worker Social Work Team for Children with Disabilities Grade: SWMS 33 40: The pay scale for qualified Social Workers ranges from 29898 through to 35772. Department: Children

More information

Children's homes inspection - Full

Children's homes inspection - Full Children's homes inspection - Full Inspection date 12/05/2015 Unique reference number Type of inspection Provision subtype Registered person Registered person address SC036243 Full Children's home Derby

More information

Neath Port Talbot Foster Plus 10+ Scheme

Neath Port Talbot Foster Plus 10+ Scheme Neath Port Talbot Foster Plus 10+ Scheme www.npt.gov.uk/fostering Foster Plus 10+ Scheme Foster Plus' foster carers will provide placements to children and young people who are experiencing difficulties

More information

Overnight Stay and Back-up Care SCOPE OF THIS CHAPTER

Overnight Stay and Back-up Care SCOPE OF THIS CHAPTER Overnight Stay and Back-up Care SCOPE OF THIS CHAPTER To provide guidance for the arrangements and practice in decision making in respect of Looked After Children, to have overnight stays socially or for

More information

STATEMENT OF PURPOSE

STATEMENT OF PURPOSE STATEMENT OF PURPOSE 1. Background IAC - The Centre for Adoption, (registered as Intercountry Adoption Centre) was established in 1997 and was formerly an experimental project funded by the Department

More information

Nottingham. City Council Fostering and Adoption Service. Fostering Service. Statement of Purpose (Updated November 2015)

Nottingham. City Council Fostering and Adoption Service. Fostering Service. Statement of Purpose (Updated November 2015) Nottingham. City Council Fostering and Adoption Service Fostering Service Statement of Purpose 2015-2016 (Updated November 2015) CONTENTS 1. Introduction. Page 3 2. Aims and Objectives. Page 5 3. Context

More information

Support for Disabled Children and Young People and their Families in Essex

Support for Disabled Children and Young People and their Families in Essex Support for Disabled Children and Young People and their Families in Essex Guidance for working together with disabled children, young people and families to provide early help, targeted and specialist

More information

Local Authority Adoption Services. London Borough of Merton Adoption Service Worsfold House Church Road Mitcham Surrey CR4 3FA

Local Authority Adoption Services. London Borough of Merton Adoption Service Worsfold House Church Road Mitcham Surrey CR4 3FA Local Authority Adoption Services London Borough of Merton Adoption Service Worsfold House Church Road Mitcham Surrey CR4 3FA 13th, 16-18th and 20th August 2004 Commission for Social Care Inspection Launched

More information

LEICESTER S EARLY HELP & PREVENTION STRATEGY

LEICESTER S EARLY HELP & PREVENTION STRATEGY LEICESTER S EARLY HELP & PREVENTION STRATEGY 2013-15 1. Introduction 1.1. Whilst the majority of our children and young people in Leicester grow up in a supportive environment that enables them to have

More information

FOSTER CARER HANDBOOK

FOSTER CARER HANDBOOK Borough of Poole FOSTER CARER HANDBOOK 2014-15 Edition Contents INTRODUCTION................................................................. 1 USING THE HANDBOOK.........................................................

More information

CROYDON COUNCIL. Fostering Service Statement of Purpose 2015/2016

CROYDON COUNCIL. Fostering Service Statement of Purpose 2015/2016 CROYDON COUNCIL Fostering Service Statement of Purpose 2015/2016 Title of Document The Fostering Services Regulations 2011 Part 2 state that a fostering service must compile a written statement of purpose

More information

Statement of Purpose. for Oxfordshire Children, Education & Families. Fostering Service

Statement of Purpose.  for Oxfordshire Children, Education & Families. Fostering Service Statement of Purpose for Oxfordshire Children, Education & Families Fostering Service 2016-2017 A statement of purpose sets out what services are provided for children who are placed by the fostering service,

More information

Job Description. Organisational Relationships: Description of Role: Context of the Post: Duties and Responsibilities Specific to the Post:

Job Description. Organisational Relationships: Description of Role: Context of the Post: Duties and Responsibilities Specific to the Post: Job Description Job Title: Location: Reports to: Registered Children s Home Manager Newcastle upon Tyne Director of Residential Services Organisational Relationships: The post holder will be accountable

More information

Moray Council. Adoption Plan

Moray Council. Adoption Plan APPENDIX 1 Moray Council Adoption Plan Review: - November 2013 Next Review: - September 2016 Adoption Plan 18.12 2013 Page 1 of 15 Introduction The Moray Council believes that children should be brought

More information

Children Looked After Strategy

Children Looked After Strategy Children Looked After Strategy 2014-17 Contents 1. Introduction 2. Vision 3. Strategy Aims and Objectives 4. What children and young people say 5. Legislation 6. Sufficiency Duty 7. Local Context 8. Corporate

More information

Fostering Service Statement of Purpose

Fostering Service Statement of Purpose Internal Ref: NELC.02.01.16.04 Review date October 2016 Version No. V 2.0 Directorate of People and Communities Fostering Service Statement of Purpose Not Protectively Marked Contents Introduction... 3

More information

If yes, in what capacity? Have you worked together before? Yes

If yes, in what capacity? Have you worked together before? Yes Regional adoption agencies 2015-16 Expression of Interest Form If you have any problems editing this form, please email adoption.reform@education.gsi.gov.uk 1.1 Contact details Section 1 Lead contact TBC

More information

STATEMENT OF PURPOSE

STATEMENT OF PURPOSE GLOUCESTERSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL Children and Young Peoples Services FOSTERING SERVICE STATEMENT OF PURPOSE 2014 / 2015 Delia Amos Service Leader Adoption and Fostering CONTENTS INTRODUCTION AND LEGAL CONTEXT

More information