Formal fostering reviews are an important part of a foster carer’s professional development. They must be conducted annually and provide essential information on the service’s quality and effectiveness. In addition, they contribute to the development of recruitment, assessment, and training strategies. They are especially important for bioparents. Listed below are the reasons for fostering reviews. You can learn more about them here. Listed below are some of the benefits of fostering reviews.
PPDP requirements for foster carers
There are specific PPDP requirements for foster carers. These standards outline the training and development that foster carers need to meet the needs of the children in their care. The PPDP is a framework for supervising foster carers during their first year. This plan should be reviewed at least annually and should be discussed with the foster carer at the first annual review of their foster care. During this interview, the key tasks and training needs should be identified. After the interview, the plan must be written and put into the foster carer’s personal file.
Formal review of foster carer’s practice
A formal review of a foster carer’s practice is a process by which a supervising social worker assesses the practices of a foster carer. The social worker assembles a review report, which includes the views of a supervising social worker, a child’s social worker, and foster carers themselves. The review will determine whether or not a foster carer’s practice has changed since the last formal review.
Taking place once a year
Fostering reviews are usually arranged once a year. The review will include a report by the Supervising Social Worker, written comments from the Social Workers and the children or young people from whom the Carer is caring. The review can take place in person at the carer’s home, at the Social Worker’s office, or remotely via Skype. During the review, there are opportunities to ask questions to all of the people involved.
Bio parents included
The purpose of bio parents being included in fostering reviews is to ensure that the child’s needs and behaviors are met and their progress in foster care is monitored. If the child is older than 14 years, the bio parents are also invited to attend the fostering review. During these reviews, the caseworker and bio parents can discuss the child’s goals and the progress they are making toward those goals. If the child’s bio parents are included, these reviews may be conducted every year or as often as necessary.
Presented to fostering panel
A paper for a Fostering Panel must be ready at least two working days before the meeting. The Panel must be quorate, meaning at least five members are required to conduct business. The members of the panel must have relevant experience, including fostering and education. One member must be independent. The panel must consider applications for approval and make recommendations on the suitability of foster carer and the number of children to be placed. The Fostering Panel has an important role in quality assurance and safeguarding the welfare of children.