Fostering services: national minimum standards

Guidance for local authorities on the national minimum standards for providing fostering services.

Applies to England


Fostering services: national minimum standards

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The national minimum standards, together with regulations on the placement of children in foster care, such as the Fostering Services (England) Regulations 2011, form the basis of the regulatory framework under the Care Standards Act 2000 for the conduct of fostering services.

Updates to this page

Published 8 March 2011

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