Acclaimed across three previous editions, this handbook can help anyone looking after children aged approximately 11 years and under, including those with special needs, to provide care that equals or surpasses what is required.
Primarily for foster carers, but also useful in residential care, it is packed with detailed guidance about looking after children, being look after, being a foster carer and living in a fostering household. It explains the law, procedures and roles of everyone involved, and gives detailed advice on how to manage the numerous large and small things needing attention in any child's life - education, health, money, relationships and much more. It aims to:
encourage carers to work in partnership with the children and their families
enable children to return to their families when appropriate
enable carers to meet the full range of a child's needs
explain the fostering roles and responsibilities
Although there are differences in detail, the governments of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland all make similar requirements of carers. This book aims to help all carers achieve the expectations placed on them and maintain standards. It underlines and encourages the use of relevant government standards, and gives examples of good practice.
Anyone wishing to combine this book with their own material can request loose-leaf versions.
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