Safer caring means those things which foster families can do to keep everyone safe both from abuse and wrongful allegations of abuse.
Some things apply to all families. Other things need to be worked out on an individual basis. In GLF each foster family draws up a written Safer caring Policy with their SSW. This should be reviewed and revised at regular intervals and particularly when new children are being placed in the family home.
Foster carers own children and foster children need to know what the safe caring rules of the household are and agree to follow them.
Foster carers and supervising social workers must regularly review the foster family’s arrangements with regard to safe caring, keep a written record of the decisions they come to and make sure that these decisions are implemented in practice.
Safer Caring Rules for all Families
Foster children should not be left in the charge of people who have not been satisfactorily DBS checked. GLF must have a copy of this on their file.
Foster children should not stay away from their foster carers overnight without their social worker’s permission.
Foster carers should make a written record of any incident which might subsequently lead to an allegation.
Everyone’s bedroom should be a private place. Foster carers, their family and foster children should (other than in an emergency) knock on bedroom doors and wait to be invited in.
Foster children should not be allowed to get into foster carer’s beds or vice versa.
Foster families should not walk about the house in a state of undress.
Bathroom doors should be locked when the room is in use other than by very young children.
Foster carers should avoid the sort of physical contact with children which might be misinterpreted by them e.g. tickling games, pretend wrestling games.
Whenever a new foster child arrives the foster carers need to discuss between themselves and their supervising social worker the risks if any which this particular child might pose because of his or her age, behaviour, background etc and consider what if anything the family should do differently.
Last Update: January 6, 2019