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The Fostering Network's new book, Safer Caring: a new approach, is based on consultations with foster carers and fostering services. Grounded in theory and backed up by legislation and guidance, the book challenges foster carers and children's services to share responsibility for safer caring and, crucially, to move away from blanket bans and prohibitive policies towards a focus on the ever-changing needs and circumstances of children and young people.
Safer Caring: a new approach will be of interest to a wide range of people who work with looked-after children and young people. It has been written with foster carers in their induction period very much in mind.
The book also includes a chapter on Safer Caring in a Digital World written by Sangeet Bhullar and Maria Boffey. It is therefore essential reading for more experienced foster carers too.
Safer Caring: a new approach has three significant and inter-related themes running through it:
1 The role and status of foster carers: the relevance for safer caring of the foster carer's position in the team around the child or young person.
2 Risk sensible, not risk averse: the need for a realistic and proportionate approach to risk so children and young people can grow and learn.
3 Delegated authority: whenever appropriate, foster carers with everyday responsibility for children and young people should be able to make day-to-day decisions for them.
By Jacky Slade
ISBN 1 897869 01 0
£15 members/£30 non-members
Published October 2012
Member price: £15.00
Non-member price: £30.00
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