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Foster Carers Written Answer, 24/04/13 [S]

Written Answer given in response to Jackie Baillie's (Lab) question asking the Scottish Government what guidance it provides to local authorities about the system of application for becoming a foster carer; and whether there are key national eligibility criteria for determining the suitability of applicants to become foster carers.

The Minister for Children and Young People, Aileen Campbell, replied that Local authorities are responsible for having foster carer procedures in place which will be inspected against National Care Standards by the Care Inspectorate. The Care Inspectorate is responsible for the registration and inspection of foster care services.

Standard 5 states that “you know you will be fully assessed by the agency before being accepted as a foster carer” and Standard 6 states that “you can be confident that the agency treats applications to become a foster carer fairly and without unnecessary delay.”

There are no key national eligibility criteria for determining the suitability of applicants to become foster carers. Guidance on the Looked After Children (Regulations) no longer specifies the categories of people with whom a child may be fostered. Applications to foster may come from a wide range of different family structures and many authorities make a point of reflecting this openness in recruiting new carers. Each case will be assessed on its own merits.

For the full answer to this and other questions see the Scottish Parliament Written Answer Report 24 April 2013 which is available from the Scottish Parliament website.

Further Information

Scottish Parliament Written Answer Report 24 April 2013