SCOPE OF THIS CHAPTER
This procedure applies to all approved foster carers including those who are approved as Family and Friends Carers. See Placements with Connected Persons Procedure.
AMENDMENTThis chapter was amended in September 2011 in relation to the Care Planning, Placement and Case Review Regulations (England) 2010.
Each approved foster carer is linked to a named supervising social worker, who will meet with the foster carer on a monthly basis and call the new carers fortnightly. This level of support will continue until it is agreed between the carer, the supervising social worker and their manager that the carer can manage on a lower support package. See Foster Carer Support Procedure. Each time that the supervising social worker visits, this will be considered as a supervisory visit and recorded as such. There will be at least one unannounced visit each year.
If the Supervising social Worker is unable to meet the visiting requirements he/she must inform the Fostering Team Manager. In the event of the supervising social worker being away from work long term, then alternative supervision arrangements must be put in place.
Foster carers must be provided with breaks from caring as appropriate, which must meet the needs of placed children. If a foster carer is taking an agreed break from fostering, telephone contact should be maintained at an agreed level. Depending upon the circumstances a visit should be made to the foster carer before further placements are made and consideration given to any need for re-assessment.
Where there are two approved carers in the family it is important that, where possible both carers are seen. In situations where one carer works, consideration should be given to how a supervisory visit that includes both carers can be achieved.
The supervising social worker will aim to ensure through supervision that the foster carer is aware of, understands, accepts and operates the standards, policies, procedures and guidance of Hulls Fostering as contained in this Manual and the Foster Carer's Handbook. Each supervision meeting will have a clear purpose and agenda. The content of the supervisory discussions should be used in the preparation of the foster carers' Annual Review. See: Review of Foster Carers Procedure.
Handbooks and other information can be provided electronically.
Supervision is a positive, enabling and supportive opportunity for foster carers and should help them to have:
The supervision agenda will include:
Records of the supervisory meetings will be kept by the supervising social worker and retained on the foster carer's case record. This should include details of who was seen during each session.
Supervising Social Workers should use the Supervision template for help frame the session with the Foster Carer(s). A copy will also be sent to the foster carer.
The supervising social worker will also monitor and evaluate the performance of the foster carer by carrying out unannounced visits at least annually. After such a visit, the supervising social worker will discuss their findings with the foster carer, and record the same and any development or immediate actions required by Hull Fostering or the Foster Carer on the carers' electronic (Liquidlogic) record. The recording and discussion with the Foster Carer should detail who was present in the home, positive observations and any areas of concern. This will also be addressed during the next available supervision.
Only valid for 48hrs