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Glossary

Allowances and Fees

These are provided to carers to cover living costs and to provide remuneration for the hard work that is put in. Fees and allowances are variable and take into consideration the context of individual cases.

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Care Order

A Care Order may be granted if it is considered unsafe for a child to live at home. 
Legal parental responsibility for the looked after child or young person is either  placed exclusively with the Local Authority or shared between the local authority and the child’s birth parents. The local authority takes responsibility for major decisions regarding the child or young person’s welfare and can place a child or young person with a foster carer registered with them, or with an IFA. They also look after who has contact with the child or young person.

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Fostering

Fostering provides a secure and caring home for children and young people who are unable to live with their parents. 

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Local authorities

As legal guardians of looked after children and young people, local authorities have a network of their own foster carers and carers registered with IFAs, with whom they place children and young people.

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Respite placements

Children living with foster carers may have short stays (typically a weekend or one to two weeks) with another foster family to give their main carers a break.

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Pre-approval Training

This is the training you will undertake before your assessment starts.  This is a three half day course.

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Pre-placement Training

This is training that you can access following pre-approval training prior to be approved as a foster carer.

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Core Training

This training can be accessed throughout the year.  Your supervising social worker will guide you to which training will suit you and your family.

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Supervising Social Worker

You will have a social worker assigned to work with you from the agency to support you.

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Local Authority Social Worker

This would be a social worker assigned to work with the child you are caring for.

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Ideal Fostering
Bridge House | 509 Aldridge Road | Great Barr
Birmingham B44 8NA

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