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Guide: Resources and Forms

Policies and procedures

We are guided (and governed) in our fostering work by the Fostering Services Regulations (Care Standards Act 2000) and the Code of Practice.  We endeavour to meet and surpass the recommended minimum standards in all areas of our fostering work.

Statement of purpose icon We have a Statement of Purpose that provides an overview of our aims and objectives, this includes the fostering team structure charts.

Fostering Devon works in partnership with children and young people, their families and carers to provide safe caring homes that value the difference in children and young people and help them to achieve their full potential.

We are working to become a service which fully meets and exceeds the National Minimum Standards.

Foster carer handbook iconMost of the policies and procedures that affect you are included in shortened form in the Foster Carer Handbook . Your fostering social worker can give you information about specific policies, as you need them.

In addition, our training includes information for you about the way procedures are followed, for example in child protection work.

Foster carer complaints policy – we acknowledges that there will be occasions when a foster carer is not happy with the standard of service received from Devon County Council, or the decisions that have been made by the service regarding the registration of the carer. You can read the foster carer complaints policy here.

As carers you will come into contact with the legislation through your reviews, meetings with fostering staff, and in helping us shape future policies and practice. Your main voice in this area is your Foster Care Strategy Group Representatives. Do let them know your views, we take them very seriously, and find them very helpful.

Devon Children and Families Procedures Manual

Devon Foster Carer Charter

Devon Children and Families Partnership – for important information about safeguarding children

South West Child Protection Procedures – contain standard operating procedures.
There are step-by-step instructions about what to do when you are worried about a child, and much guidance for other situations.

Statutory guidance on the assessment and approval process for foster carers can be found here.

Details about the Emergency Bed Scheme can be found here.