Welcome

Getting Started:

Welcome to Doncaster Children Services Trust / Trust Fostering online Foster Carer’s Handbook.

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

To view a complete contents list, please click here.


This Foster Carer Handbook has been written as 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.

To access the full version of the Doncaster Children’s Services Trust Fostering Service policies and procedures, click here.

This handbook contains links to the National Minimum Standards for Fostering Services and references the relevant Training, Support and Development Standards and other useful guidance documents. The handbook can be used to support your learning and development, particularly in relation to meeting the Induction Standards.

Foster carers play a vitally important role in the lives of Children in Care, so it is important that you have the necessary tools to support you with this task. The handbook is one of these tools, alongside support from your Supervising Social Worker, other professionals and other foster carers.