Getting Started:

Welcome to the Bradford online Foster Carers’ Handbook.

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

Bradford Council’s new foster carer handbook has been written to advise and support foster carers - both new and established – who work with us as short term, long term, Shared Care, Support Care and Connected People carers (Family & Friends Care).

The handbook is designed to provide helpful guidelines and information on procedures and good practice and to be a useful reference manual.

The handbook reflects policies, procedure and guidance for the fostering service which cover situations commonly faced by foster carers. It has been written in an accessible way to help you understand what your fostering service requires of you.

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

The handbook contains links to the Minimum Standards for Fostering Services and references to the relevant Training, Support and Development Standards. 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.

To view a complete contents list please click here.