Initial Placement Agreement

Initial Placement Agreement

 

Supervising social workers will complete a GLF initial placement agreement with foster carers and, if they are old enough to participate, foster children as soon as they arrive in placement (or within 48 hours if it cannot be done immediately). Agreements reached are subject to confirmation or change at the placement planning meeting.

 

 

Greater London Fostering

Child Placement Agreement

 

This agreement is meant to ensure that all significant matters in respect of the placement are addressed. It should normally be completed at the Placement Planning Meeting but if for any reason this is delayed the GLF supervising social worker and foster carer should complete this form on a provisional basis. It is useful to complete some of this form over the telephone with the L.A. Social Worker prior to the Placement Planning Meeting.

 

Greater London Fostering staff and carers will participate in making plans for the child/YP in a spirit of partnership with the child/YP, their families and placing local authority. Carers will be expected to comply with plans which have been made by the parties of the placement to the best of their ability.

 

In addition to this form the ‘Delegated Authority Tool’ must be completed.

 

 

BASIC INFORMATION
Carer’s name(s)   Placement Address  
Child/YP’s name:                            D.O.B   Home Address  
Child/YP mobile number   Date of start of placement  
Expected duration of placement   Legal status of child/YP  
Child/YP religion   Carers religion  
Child/YP ethnicity   Carers ethnicity  
CHILD/YP’S SIBLINGS IN PLACEMENT
Child/YP   Relationship to Child/YP  
Child/YP   Relationship to Child/YP  
Child/YP   Relationship to Child/YP  
CHILD/YP’S SIGNIFICANT FAMILY MEMBERS INCLUDING SIBLINGS IN PLACEMENT
Name   Relationship to Child/YP  
Telephone number   email address  
Mobile number   Address  
Any restrictions for contact including telephone contact and any action required if they come to the placement.
 
Name   Relationship to Child/YP  
Telephone number   email address  
Mobile number   Address  
Any restrictions for contact including telephone contact and any action required if they come to the placement.
 
Name   Relationship to Child/YP  
Telephone number   email address  
Mobile number   Address  
Any restrictions for contact including telephone contact and any action required if they come to the placement.
LOCAL AUTHORITY & SOCIAL WORKER INFORMATION
L.A. for child/YP   Child/YP’s SW  
Telephone number   email address  
Mobile number   Out of Hours  
CHILD/YOUNG PERSON’S NURSERY/SCHOOL/COLLEGE
Name of School   Address of School  
Telephone number   email address  
Tutor   Head of Year/School  
OTHER KEY PROFESSIONALS INFORMATION
Role of Professional   Name  
Telephone number   email address  
Mobile Number   Address  
Role of Professional   Name  
Telephone number   email address  
Mobile number   Address  
       
Role of Professional   Name  
Telephone number   email address  
Mobile number   Address  
MATCHING CONSIDERATIONS

 

Carer/s must do everything they can to support this child’s cultural identity, preserve pre-existing religious affiliations and promote the child’s general self-esteem. In order for this to occur, the following will be undertaken. (How will any gaps regarding religion, ethnicity and other identified needs be met?)

 
SAFER CARING POLICY

A separate SCP must be written for each child in placement & be reviewed regularly.

OBJECTIVES OF THE PLACEMENT
EDUCATIONAL NEEDS

 

Placement strategy for Educational needs. Specify any S.E.N. and levels of Homework supervision etc. Carers are expected to ensure that child/YP attends school/college/work placement. How will the carer enable the child to get to and from school? How will the carer maintain contact and work in partnership with the child’s school?

 
PHYSICAL HEALTH NEEDS

Placement strategy for Physical Health needs. Include exercise, healthy diet, health checks etc.  Is the child currently receiving any medication? If so, what are the details regarding the administering of medication? Does the carer require any specific training to administer specific medication?

 

Carer(s) must promote good health care: This child must be registered with the FCs GP (unless own GP is local) within one week and must be seen by a dentist, optician, health visitor (as applicable) within one month and thereafter regularly.

 
MENTAL HEALTH NEEDS

 

Placement strategy for Mental Health needs. Include consistent boundaries, CAMHS, school counsellors, TLC etc.

 
FAMILY (& SIGNIFICANT OTHERS) CONTACT NEEDS

 

Placement strategy for Contact. Include promoting contact, schedule for contact, telephone contact etc.

 
PREPARATION FOR INDEPENDENCE

 

Placement strategy for preparation for independence. Include specific targets to achieve e.g. keeping own room tidy, getting self-dressed, budgeting and preparing a meal etc.

 
SOCIAL ACTIVITIES

 

Placement strategy for encouraging positive social activities. Include after school & weekend organised activities e.g. swimming, scouts. Also, how school friendships will be encouraged etc.

 
DIVERSION FROM CRIMINALITY NEEDS

 

Placement strategy – YOT, Positive activities i.e. Youth Clubs etc.

 
PROMOTING GOOD BEHAVIOUR

 

Placement strategy Include incentives etc. (This should make reference to specific ‘Fostering Changes’ tools and methods)

 
OTHER

 

Placement strategy

 
FOSTER FAMILY HOLIDAYS

 

It is an expectation of all GLF carers that they should include foster children in their plans for family holidays. In order for this to happen, the following will need to be actioned: E.G. Passports, visa’s, parental permission, court permissions etc.

 
RULES AND CONSEQUENCES
Is child/YP allowed out during the week?  
What is the home time during the week?  
Is child/YP allowed out during the weekend?  
What is the home time during the weekend?  
What will be the consequence of coming in after home time? When should the child/YP be reported as missing?  
  • Children/YP is asked to be considerate of the daily routines of the foster carer.
  • Smoking is only allowed in designated outdoor areas.
  • No drugs or alcohol to be used.
  • Children/YP is expected to dress appropriately when in any communal area.
  • Children/YP are not permitted to place any photographs of the foster carer’s home or family on Facebook or any other social network without the foster carer’s permission.
  • Children/YP must allow the foster carer, GLF supervisor and LA SW access to their bedroom when requested.
What are the carers’ house rules?

What are the consequences for any breach rules or placement agreement? (Specify rule = consequence)

Rule Consequence for any breach
   
FINANCIAL ARRANGEMENTS

The fostering allowance for children under the age of 11 is currently £142 per week – of which at least £75 must be spent on the items listed below. Foster carers are expected to keep records of their expenditure on these items and this will be monitored by their supervising social workers.

 

The fostering allowance for children aged 11 plus is currently £162 per week – of which at least £90 must be spent on the items listed below. Foster carers are expected to keep records of their expenditure on these items and this will be monitored by their supervising social workers.

 

Financial arrangements need to be reviewed and agreed before the child’s first Review. Savings are undertaken by GLF finance and taken out of the FC payments.

Categories of Accountable

Expenditure – per week

 

Under 11s

Suggested amounts

Under 11s agreed

expenditure  

Over 11s

Suggested amounts

Over 11s agreed expenditure
Savings £5 (If an alternative amount is agreed please inform GLF finance)   £10 (If an alternative amount is agreed please inform GLF finance).  
Pocket money £0- £5   £5 – £25  
Child’s mobile phone £0   £5  
Clothing and Footwear £15   £15-£25  
Personal Care £0 –   £15   £5  
Christmas/Other Festivals and Birthdays £5   £5  
Child’s share of family events and activities £15   £0 – £15  
Toys, books, educational and leisure equipment £10   £10  
Child’s educational and leisure activities £20   £5-£20  
Other expenditure e.g. fares, school meals etc as agreed at placement planning meeting        
Routinely accountable expenditure £75 £75 £90 £90
MAKING FURTHER PLACEMENTS WITH THIS CARER
How many children is this carer approved to take?   Does this carer have a current vacancy? YES/NO
Does the L.A. agree in principal to a suitably matched child/YP being placed whilst <name> is in the placement? YES/NO
SIGNATURES
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Signature  

 

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Last Update: January 6, 2019  

January 6, 2019   rich    Foster Care Handbook