Hampshire County Council

Children's Services Policy Review Committee

Item 13

14 March 2006

Actions resulting from the Inspection of the Hampshire Fostering Service by the Commission for Social Care Inspection in December 2005.

Report of the Director of Children's Services

2.1 Maximising life opportunities for children who are looked after by ensuring that good quality family based care placements are provided for Hampshire's children resulting in good outcomes for children who are looked after.

Hampshire County Council

Children's Services Policy Review Committee

Item 13

14 March 2006

Actions resulting from the Inspection of the Hampshire Fostering Service by the Commission for Social Care Inspection in December 2005.

Report of the Director of Children's Services

1.5.1 Maximising life opportunities for children who are looked after by ensuring that good quality family based care placements are provided for Hampshire's children resulting in good outcomes for children who are looked after.

    2 STATUTORY REQUIREMENTS

This section sets out the actions, which must be taken so that the registered person/s meets the Care Standards Act 2000, Fostering Services Regulations 2002 and the National Minimum Standards. The Registered Provider(s) must comply with the given timescales.

No.

Standard

Regulation

Requirement

Timescale for action

Actions

1.

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Annual reviews of foster carers approval take place in accordance with the Regulations. (Previous timescale 30/09/05)

01/06/06

The number of cases, and the length of time by which reviews have exceeded the timescale for carrying out household reviews has reduced. In order to ensure complete compliance with this standard, a report will be presented to the monthly managers meeting. Approval has been given for two Senior Practitioner posts to be recruited to, in order to provide some additional staffing resource. This will ensure compliance by the required date.

2.1.1 RECOMMENDATIONS

These recommendations relate to National Minimum Standards and are seen as good practice for the Registered Provider/s to consider carrying out.

No.

Refer to Standard

Good Practice Recommendations

Actions

1

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The service ensures that family placement workers consult children and young people on all matters affecting them, and record any contact.

Guidance for staff is being reissued to reinforce the role of staff employed in the fostering service in keeping children safe. This will be underpinned by specific training.