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This contents list is sub divided into the following sections, each Section contains relevant Chapters/Procedures: (Click on the title to jump to the Section you require):

  1. About Us
  2. Being a Foster Carer
  3. Safeguarding Everyone in our Household
  4. The Placement
  5. Caring for Children
  6. Resources

1. About Us

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Getting Started with this Handbook  
  Statement of Purpose  
  Promoting Equality and Diversity  
  Children's Guide to Being in Foster Care  
  Foster Carers Charter  

2. Being a Foster Carer

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What happens now I am approved?  
  Foster Care Agreement  
  Developing a Safer Caring Plan  
  Support and Supervision  
  Money Matters and Insurance  
  Support to your own Children  
  Reviewing my Approval and Appeals  
  Training and Development  
  Training, Support and Development Standards for Foster Care Guidance  
  Foster Carer Recording Policy
(Nottinghamshire Children's Social Care Service Procedures Manual)
  Information Sharing  
  Significant Events and Notifications – When I need to tell other people about things  
  Working with Families and other Professionals  

3. Safeguarding Everyone in our Household

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Safeguarding Children and Referring Safeguarding Concerns  
What Happens if an Allegation is Made Against Me or My Family?  
  Complaints by and for Children  
  How can I make a Complaint against the Fostering Service  
  My Foster Child is Missing  
  Internet, Photographs and Mobile Phones  
  Self-Harm and Suicidal Behaviour  
  Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE)  
  Child Criminal Exploitation and County Lines  
  Extremism and Radicalisation  
  Female Genital Mutilation  
  The Foster Home and Health and Safety  
  Smoking Advice for Prospective Foster Carers and Adopters  

4. The Placement

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Types of Placement (including changes e.g. Adoption)  
  Understanding Placement Plans and Looked After Reviews  
  Helping a Child to Settle Into Your Home  
  My Placement may be Breaking Down  
  Ending a Placement  

5. Caring for Children

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What Decisions Can I Make?  
  Involving Children in Decision Making  
  Risk Assessment and Planning  
  School and Education  
  Contact Between the Child, their Family and Others  
  Children with a Disability and those Children who May Need Special Medical Help  
  Promoting Positive Behaviour  
  Restrictive Physical Intervention and Restraint  
  Relationships and Sex  
  Alcohol, Drugs and Smoking  
  Keeping Memories  
  Babysitters, Day Care and Overnight Stays  
  First Aid and Medication  
  Moving Towards Independence  

6. Resources

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Useful Resources  
  Forms and Records  
  Training, Support and Useful Information  
  Local Contacts