This course will outline the multiple uses of the National Minimum Standards. They may be used by providers and staff in self-assessment of their services; they provide a basis for the induction and training of staff and carers; they can be used by parents, children and young people as a guide to what they should expect a fostering service to provide and to do as a minimum; and they can provide guidance on what is required when setting up a fostering service.

This course aims to provide foster carers with a greater understanding of the standards and regulations and the ways in which they guide and inform the care they provide to children and young people.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Understand the updated regulations and how they link to the standards
  2. Be able to identify how the standards affect your practice
  3. Fully understand your professional responsibilities in respect to the regulations and standards
  4. Be able to identify accountability for key responsibilities under these standards
  5. Understand how to explain and evidence your practice
  6. Understand the duties in relation to Staying Put
  7. Be able to ensure that the systems used are effective and meet the necessary requirements of delegated authority

Is this course for me?

This course is for foster carers, adopters and Supervising Social Workers. In addition, this course is for Residential Child Care Workers (RCCW) and residential team managers from mainstream, short-breaks and outreach services.

Also relevant for youth workers, education professionals and those in the community and voluntary sectors.

Level: beginner / intermediate This course can be adapted to advanced level for skilled practitioners.

This course can be adapted to advanced level for skilled practitioners, meeting the Training, Support and Development Standards as outlined in The Fostering Services (England) Regulations 2011.

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