My Placement may be Breaking Down

Standards & Regulations

Training, Support and Development Standards for Foster Care:

Supporting You and the Child you Look After

Placements ending in an unplanned way nearly always leave all those concerned feeling bad. Your Fostering Social Worker will want to work with you to make sure that everything is done to support you with children and young people living with you and to manage difficulties.

When you are struggling, use your support mechanisms to help you to find a way forward.

Discuss your difficulties in supervision and ask you fostering worker to look at setting up a Stability Core Group meeting. This will help identify the areas of difficulty and may make suggestions as to how these can be managed by all those involved with you and the child/young person.


However, not all foster care placements work out. Disruption is the word used to describe a placement, which ends before it was supposed to.

A disruption can also occur when Children’s Social Care feel the placement is no longer meeting the child’s needs or you decide that you are no longer able to care for a child or the child decides they do not want to stay in the placement. It is likely that this would be in exceptional circumstances and It is vital that for whatever reason the placement ended, you make the move for the child as positive as possible. A Child in Care Review should be held prior to any formal decision on a move

It is expected that you would give the Fostering Service a minimum of 28 days notice (3 months if a permanent placement) in order that plans can be made to move the child in a positive and planned way.

A Disruption Meeting may be arranged by the child's social worker.

Who may attend:

  • You;
  • The child;
  • Your Fostering Social Worker and their Manager;
  • The child’s social worker and their Manager;
  • The proposed carer;
  • Independent Reviewing Officer;
  •  Any other relevant people. 

The Chair of the meeting should ensure the circumstances that lead to the disruption are reviewed, and that everyone has the opportunity to express their views in order to find out:

  • How and why the disruption happened;
  • To learn from what happened and avoid the same thing happening again - for the child/others in your home;
  • To contribute to the future planning for the child;
  • To identify work to be done and who will do it.

The Chair will make sure minutes are sent to all those involved. The report of the Disruption Meeting may be presented to the fostering panel.

A Child in Care Review should also be arranged.

A review may be held to look at your approval terms.