Foster carers play an extremely important role, providing much needed support and security for often very vulnerable children and enabling their successful transition into independent adult life. Fostering is a challenging role and requires skills and dedication. We want to encourage more people to become foster carers and make sure that they have the support and skills to meet the varied and complex needs of looked after children.
We have worked with the sector to develop a Fostering Information Exchange where everyone involved or interested in foster care can share practice; explore ideas; discuss issues or new developments and access resources from the sector. Click on the button below to find out more.
Edward Timpson, Children’s Minister, announces new funding to support foster carer recruitment and evidence-based interventions. This is the text of the speech as drafted, which may differ slightly from the delivered version.
How the government is reducing the time it takes to adopt and improving the quality of care for all looked-after children.
Article on GOV.UK 02 October 2013
Amendments to statutory guidance on the assessment and approval process for foster carers of looked-after children.
Statutory guidance 15 July 2013
Amendments to statutory guidance on delegation of decision making about looked-after children to their carers.
Statutory guidance 05 July 2013
Information and resources for providers of services, local authorities and other people who work with children, young people, families and foster carers.
Multi-page article 06 May 2011
Edward Timpson's letter to foster carers about their valuable role.
General article 12 December 2012
Information about the Foster Carers' Charter that aims to unite foster carers, local authorities and fostering services around a shared understanding.
Multi-page article 22 May 2012
Information about fostering research, demographics, motivation and attitudes.
General article 05 April 2013
Details about the Government's proposals for improving the rights of foster carers and encouraging more people to become foster carers.
General article 12 June 2012
Information about fostering, how you can become a foster carer, and where to find out more.
Multi-page article 09 May 2012
Information for those interested in fostering, including useful organisations to contact.
General article 15 May 2012