Guide: Devon Fostering policy on managing allegations against foster carers

1. National and legal context

1.1 This guidance is written within the context of the “Working together to Safeguard Children” documentation, particularly Appendix 5 – Procedures for managing allegations against people who work with children.

1.2 It is guided by the Fostering Network publication “Managing allegations and serious concerns about foster carers’ practice or standards of care”  2006.

1.3 This guidance forms part of the Local Safeguarding (Child Protection) Procedures.

1.4 The national minimum standards for fostering (Fostering Services Regulations, Care Standards Act 2000) apply, particularly Standards 9 and 24.

1.5 The National Minimum Standards for Adoption apply, as well as The Adoption Agencies Regulations 2005 and the Voluntary Adoption Agencies and the Adoption Agencies (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2003 (particularly Regulation 10).

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