An in depth guide to fostering

Last updated: 26 January 2022

4. Information about providing foster care to children

We have a duty to ensure that all the children who come into our care can be assured a high standard of foster care.

As a foster carer you will therefore need to:

  • provide clean, safe and comfortable accommodation
  • support and promote children’s educational attainment
  • provide a nurturing home environment which promotes health and general development
  • protect children from abuse
  • promote the development of independence and skills, appropriate to the child’s age
  • set appropriate boundaries and manage children’s behaviour effectively
  • listen to children, empower them and advocate on their behalf as necessary
  • have good communication skills, and an ability to work as part of a team
  • keep records in respect of children placed and to contribute to the planning for their future
  • participate in supervision meetings, ongoing training, and other relevant meetings concerning the foster child
  • work within our diversity policy and promote equality in respect of disability, sexual orientation, religion and culture
  • encourage children in maintaining contact with their family, where appropriate