Getting Started:

Welcome to your web-enabled 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.

The handbook reflects policies, procedure and guidance for the fostering service which cover many common situations faced by foster carers on a day to day basis. It has been written in an accessible way to help you understand the sort of things that your fostering service requires of you. It has been designed for new and existing foster carers and deals with the day to day practicalities you may face.

The Handbook sections are accessible via the links on the right-hand side or to view the full contents list, please click here.

There is a Useful Resources section which contains additional guidance from Telford & Wrekin Children's Services which will be relevant to your role. It is important that you also use this area.

The Regional Child Protection Procedures for West Midlands contain the Statutory Child Protection Procedures as well as Regional Safeguarding Guidance.

You will also find safeguarding guidance on the Telford and Wrekin Safeguarding Partnership (TWSP) website.

There are links to the Minimum Standards for Fostering Services and references to the relevant Training, Support and Development Standards. You should also use the handbook to support your learning and development, particularly in relation to meeting the induction standards.

Foster carers play an important role in the lives of Children in Care and their families so it is important that you have the necessary tools to support you with this task. The handbook is one of these tools alongside the many professionals you will work with including your Supervising Social Worker and other foster carers.

To access the full version of fostering service’s policies, procedure and guidance, click here.