Fostering

Fostering through your council, training, standards, fostering agencies, data collection forms, 'staying put' arrangements.

Services

  1. Apply to foster a child through your council

    Apply to foster a child through the social services department of your local council

  2. TSD standards workbook for foster carers

    Form for foster carers to prove they meet the required training, support and development (TSD) standards.

  3. TSD standards workbook for family and friends foster carers

    Form for family and friends foster carers to fill in to prove that they meet the training, support and development standards.

  1. TSD standards workbook for short break foster carers

    Form for short break carers to fill in to prove that they meet the training, support and development standards for foster carers.

  2. Ofsted annual fostering data collection

    Guidance and a suggested template for local authorities and independent fostering agencies to use when sending fostering data to Ofsted.

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Guidance and regulation

  1. Foster carers

    Foster carers look after children when their parents aren't able to - becoming a foster carer, money and support available, fostering agencies

  2. Looking after someone else's child

    Support and benefits you can get if you're looking after someone else's child, court orders - kinship care, private fostering, friends and family care

  3. Fostering services: national minimum standards
  1. Fostering services: assessment and approval of foster carers

    • Statutory guidance
    • Department for Education
  2. Children Act 1989: private fostering

    • Statutory guidance
    • Department for Education
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News and communications

  1. Staying Put grant: determination letter

    • Department for Education
    • Correspondence
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Transparency

  1. Social care questionnaires 2017: what children and young people told Ofsted

    • Ofsted
    • Research
  2. Fostering in England 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017

    • Ofsted
    • National statistics
  3. The fostering system in England: review

    • Department for Education
    • Research
  4. New Orleans intervention model: early implementation

    • Department for Education
    • Research
  5. Notifications of private fostering arrangements in England: 2015

    • Department for Education
    • National statistics
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