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10.4 Arrangements for the Placement of Private Foster Children

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Contents

  1. Issues for Consideration in Private Fostering Arrangements
  2. Procedure for Placement Arrangements


1. Issues for Consideration in Private Fostering Arrangements

  1. Parental Responsibility for the child continues to remain with the parents throughout a private fostering arrangement. Whilst a parent can delegate some responsibility to the private foster carer for the day to day care of their child, including consent to medical treatment, they should be encouraged to continue to actively exercise their responsibilities. They are responsible for taking all major decisions about their child, and for planning for the child's future.
  2. Whilst not required by regulation, it is good practice that the details of the fostering arrangement are set out in a written agreement between the parent, private foster carer, and the child (if of an appropriate age). The agreement should include:
    • The purpose and duration of the placement
    • Arrangements for consent to medical treatment and other responsibilities delegated to the foster carer
    • The arrangements for contact between the child, his/her parents and other family members or friends
    • The financial arrangements
  3. The parent should be encouraged to provide the private foster carer with as much information as possible about the child. This should include health and school records, information about day to day care such as dietary needs/preferences, daily routines, religious, cultural and ethnic needs, hobbies/interests etc.
  4. The social worker should check that arrangements to meet the health needs of the child are in place. The child must be registered with a GP, and the child's parent should be given the GP's name and address. The Health Trust should also be notified of the private fostering arrangement.
  5. It may be appropriate for the child to be medically examined prior to placement, and the need for this should be discussed with the parent. A requirement can be made for medical examinations to be carried out at specified intervals, which may be appropriate if there is an incomplete medical history. It is the responsibility of the parent to pay for any medical examination.
  6. The health needs of children with disabilities should be given special consideration. They may need specialist medical services, and steps should be taken to ensure continuity of care and treatment whenever possible.
  7. The social worker should liaise with the local education department, who should be notified of the private fostering arrangement. The local authority has a duty to be satisfied that the arrangements for the child's education are satisfactory, and should take account of the impact on the child's welfare that any change in schooling might have.


2. Procedure for Placement Arrangements

  1. The social worker should give a form with information about the child, which should have been completed by the child's parent, to the private foster parent. A copy should be placed on the Children's Social Care file.
  2. The social worker should encourage the foster parent(s), parent(s) and young person (if appropriate) to complete and sign a written agreement. The foster parent(s), parent(s) and young person should all keep a copy, and a copy should be placed on the Children's Social Care file.
  3. The social worker must check that the child is registered with a GP.
  4. The social worker must notify Information Monitoring of the private fostering arrangement, so that SSID can be updated.
  5. The social worker should notify all relevant agencies that the placement is to proceed.

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