SEFTON SCP Safeguarding Policies and Procedures Online Manual

    22.8 Imposing Requirements on Private Foster Carers

    Last updated 23/09/2021

    Where appropriate, reports can include recommendations for requirements to be imposed on the foster carers, for example to restrict the approval to an individual child or to limit the number, age or gender of children who may be cared for privately. Requirements may also relate to the standard of accommodation, health and safety matters and/or practical matters such as equipment. A requirement may include a time-scale within which the foster carer must take the necessary action.

    A requirement may be varied, removed or added at any time.

    The Service Manager responsible for the respective Children’s Social Care Team is responsible for making decisions on imposing requirements. Any requirements imposed must be specified in writing, together with reasons. Written notice of any requirements imposed, together with the reasons, will be sent to the foster carer and to the parent by the social worker responsible for the assessment. The foster carer will also be advised of the right to appeal against the requirement to the Magistrates' Court.