The Fostering Services (England) Regulations 2011 form the legal framework for the running of fostering services and are relevant to every local authority and independent fostering service, as well as to local authorities as commissioners of placements from independent fostering services.
From 1 July 2013 the regulations are amended to introduce new statutory arrangements concerning the assessment and approval of foster carers. The new provisions are set out in the Care Planning, Placement and Case Review and Fostering Services (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2013.
We have also included on this page a note on foster children sharing a bedroom in the foster home.
Further information about the statutory framework for placements can be found on the placements page of the children in care section.
National Minimum Standards for Fostering Services
These national minimum standards (NMS) apply to local authority fostering services, independent fostering agencies and voluntary organisations.
The NMS are issued for use by Ofsted who take them into account in the inspection of fostering services. The NMS, together with regulations relevant to the placement of children in foster care, such as the Fostering Services (England) Regulations 2011, form the basis of the regulatory framework under the Care Standards Act 2000 (CSA) for the conduct of fostering services.
This note offers advice on whether it will be appropriate for children to share a bedroom in their foster home
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