Being responsible for the care in one’s own home of a child or children placed by Hounslow and to work in partnership with the fostering team and other professionals involved in helping looked after children fulfil their potential.
Specific responsibilities involved in fostering
Caring for children:
- provide day-to-day care for the children being looked after by the local authority and having regard to the particular needs of children separated from their families
- take part in implementing the child's care plan, which may include specific tasks such as promoting contact with parents and others who are important to the child
- promote the healthy growth and development of the child or children, with particular emphasis on promoting their health and educational achievement
- ensure that the children being looked after are encouraged to develop a positive understanding of their origins, religion and culture
- where appropriate, to assist and support parents and other people who are significant in a child’s life to sustain and develop positive relations with him or her
- to enable children and young people who are moving on to do so in a positive and meaningful manner.
Providing a safe and caring environment:
- ensure that children are kept safe from harm and abuse and that they are taught how to seek help should they have any worries about anything
- promote the secure attachment of children to adults capable of providing safe and effective care for them
- act as an advocate for each child.
Working as part of a team:
- be part of the fostering team and to work with other departmental staff and professionals within service guidelines, policies, and procedures
- attend and actively participate in all reviews, family meetings, case conferences and court hearings as required, and to keep written records of placements and contribute to reports
- take up appropriate training opportunities and recognise the benefit of continued training
- deal with confidential information in a responsible manner
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