Fostering Services Peer Review
Following extensive public consultation the Department for Education has revised and modernised the statutory framework for fostering. This includes the fostering services regulations and related statutory guidance and national minimum standards. The revised framework came into force on April 2011 and form the legal framework for the running of fostering services and are relevant to every local authority or independent fostering agency, and to the local authority as a commissioner of a placement from an independent agency.
These Regulations revoke and replace the Fostering Services Regulations 2002. They make provision about the way in which fostering agencies (independent fostering agencies and voluntary organisations) and local authority fostering services are managed and run, and in particular about the process for approving foster carers and safeguarding children placed with them.
This guidance is issued under section 7 of the Local Authority Social Services Act 1970 and is addressed to local authorities. The guidance is also relevant to providers of independent fostering agencies and voluntary organisations.
The guidance sets out the functions and responsibilities of local authorities and their partner agencies in relation to fostering services. The coverage includes the responsibilities of local authorities and foster carers, how to help ensure the best for children in foster care, the management of the fostering service and approving and supporting foster carers.
The guidance has been updated in line with the changes to the regulations and supersedes Volume 3 Family Placements issued in 1991.
These national minimum standards (NMS) apply to local authority fostering services, independent fostering agencies and voluntary organisations.
The NMS are issued for use by Ofsted who take them into account in the inspection of fostering services. The NMS, together with regulations relevant to 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 (CSA) for the conduct of fostering services.
Mock Inspection/pre inspection audits and Peer Reviews
Griffin Care will undertake, in partnership with your organisation, a comprehensive on site audit which will give you a full understanding of how you are functioning as an agency in relation to the Care Planning Placement and Review England (2010) Regulations and the National Minimum Standards for Fostering Services (England) Regulations 2011. All mentors assigned to your organisation will have a wealth of experience in the field of Fostering and will tailor the review to your particular needs and requirements ranging from a deep dive audit to focusing upon those additional elements which will move your organisation towards outstanding practice.
Depending upon your requirements our peer mentors will:
- Undertake a comprehensive stakeholder analysis
- Consult and feedback from children and foster carers
- Undertake staff feedback sessions and workshops
- Scrutinise policies against regulatory requirements including:
- Child protection
- Missing from care
- Care planning and placement plans
- Supervision of foster carers and staff
- Investigating allegations, complaints and serious concerns
- Recruitment of staff and carers
- Conduct file audits – Staff, foster carers and panel members)
- Undertake case tracking of child’s files
- Examine Quality Assurance processes and management oversight
- Provide feedback as to the effectiveness of independent scrutiny of panels
- Investigate data in relation to the outcomes for children in placements
Following the review you will be given a comprehensive improvement plan tailored to the needs of your individual organisation which can then be shared with Ofsted, as required, to evidence continuous service improvement and development. You will be offered the opportunity of working with your peer mentor to ensure that the improvement plan is robustly implemented and the identified outcomes are evidenced.
For further information or to discuss any specific requirements please contact our enquiry team: firstname.lastname@example.org