Annual Review of Approval for Foster Carers
Why is a Reviewing Officer necessary for a Foster Care review?
In accordance with The Fostering Services Regulations 2001 there should be a review of a foster carers’ approval at least once a year, to assess whether they are suitable to continue as foster carers.
What is the process?
Avocet will provide a Social Worker to carry out the role of Reviewing Officer; they will attend the meeting along with the foster carer and Supervising Social Worker. Avocet will chair and minute the review meeting. The review will take into consideration the impact of child placements that the foster carer has had in the last 12 months, training needs and opportunities and support requirements.
The Avocet Reviewing Officer will write a report reflecting the discussion at the meeting making clear and realistic decisions and recommendations regarding re-approval.
Avocet aim to have the Annual Review report completed in the required format within 28 working days.
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