Monday, April 09, 2018

Fostering 'H' ..... A - Z Blog Challenge



As Jeff and I have been foster carers for 3 years this month it seemed the right time to have Fostering as a topic for the A-Z. We're still new enough that we're not jaded yet, but have had a pretty bumpy ride, so fairly realistic in what fostering is really about.

Further information at The Fostering Network




H IS FOR:
Health Assessment - When a child is placed with you there is a legal requirement for him/her to have a full health assessment within a set time.
Holidays - If a foster carer is asked if she can help with a placement it is useful to let social services know if you have any holidays planned as decisions can be made about whether your home is the most ideal as the children may have to go into respite while you are away. Passports should be applied for as soon as any children move in. If you plan a holiday after a new placement then it is ideal to speak to your supervising social worker as there will be implications as to whether you can take the child/children with you.
Hospital - The child's social worker should always be informed if there is a routine hospital referral ahead of the appointment. But if the child needs an emergency hospital visit, then take the child, with the Delegated Authority paperwork, which usually covers emergency treatment and then contact the child's social worker at the earliest opportunity. Failing that the Out of Hours, or Emergency Duty Team. If you have any doubts about whether your foster child needs to be taken to A&E telephone one of the above for advice.

2 comments:

  1. It almost sounds like way more work than raising your own child!

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    1. In someways it really is, so many people, so much paperwork! Worth it though x

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