Safer Care in Foster Homes

The primary aim of any placement should be to ensure that the children and carers remain safe in the foster home.


  1. All foster carers should be given and read 'Safer Caring' by the Fostering Network.
  2. Safer caring should be covered as part of the assessment and preparation of prospective carers.
  3. All foster carers must undertake safer care training.
  4. In order to achieve this:


TaskResponsible officerRecordTimescale
Safer caring policy should be completed as part of a prospective foster carers assessmentAssessing Social WorkerSafer Caring policyBy end of assessment
All registered foster carers should be given a copy of "Safer Caring"Fostering and adoption teamCarers fileWithin 2 weeks of approval
Safer Caring policy should be reviewed annually and on each new placement to reflect changing circumstancesFostering and adoption teamSafer Caring policyUpon placement of child and at annual review
Recording sheets should be kept up to dateFoster carerCarers fileAs specified
Recording sheets should be read and signed regularly and should include information on accidents, injuries, significant incidents, etc.Fostering and adoption team / child's social workerCarers fileAt each visit
Risk assessments should be completed on placementChild's social workerRisk Assessment FormPrior to placement of child or within five working days if emergency placement