Getting Started:

Welcome to the Bradford Council Fostering Service online Foster Carers’ Handbook.

If this is the first time you've visited this online handbook please read through Getting Started with this Handbook to help familiarise yourself with the layout and functions.

To view a complete contents list, please click here.

Bradford Council’s Foster Carer Handbook has been written to be a useful resource, providing advice and support for both new and established foster carers. It covers the day-to-day issues you may face in your role as a foster carer, as well as containing helpful guidelines and information on procedures and good practice and to be a useful reference manual.

Recent updates (Summer 2018):

  • Statement of Purpose;
  • Children’s Guide (draft);
  • Developing a safer caring plan;
  • Support & supervision;
  • Money matters and insurance;
  • Training and development;
  • Internet, photographs and mobile phones (interim update – more comprehensive guidance will be available early 2019);
  • The foster home and health and safety;
  • Types of placement;
  • Understanding placement plans and child looked after reviews;
  • What decisions can I make?
  • Identity;
  • First aid and medication.

To access the full version of the Bradford Council's Fostering Service Policies Procedures and Guidance, please click here.

The handbook contains links to the Minimum Standards for Fostering and references to the relevant Training, Support and Development Standards and other guidance documents. The handbook can be used to support your learning and development, particularly during your induction and in relation to meeting the Training, Support and Development Standards for Foster Carers.

Foster carers play an important role in the lives of Children Looked After and their families so it is important that you have the necessary tools to support you with this task. The handbook is one such tool, alongside support from your Supervising Social Worker, other professionals and other foster carers.