Whats' new from the Government
Foster Carers’ Charter
In partnership with the fostering sector, a Foster Carers’ Charter was published on 18 March 2011. It sets out what foster carers should expect from their fostering service and local authority, and what is expected of them. The charter provides a foundation for discussion and agreement at a local level about how to improve fostering services. The Foster Carers' Charter
The Tell Tim area of the Department's website was launched 18 March 2011. The Minister wants to hear from you about the care system; what works, what doesn’t, and what changes the Government should be considering to make the care system better.
National minimum allowance rates for financial years 2010-11 to 2012-13
The national minimum allowance rates for 2011-12 and 2012-13 are now available.
Publication of fostering services regulations, national minimum standards and guidance
The Department has now published revised regulations, national minimum standards and statutory guidance for fostering services and children’s homes. These came into force on 1 April 2011.
Call for local authorities to reduce barriers for foster carers (27 August 2010)Children’s Minister Tim Loughton wrote to all local authorities to support foster carers to make decisions for the children in their care, where at all possible.