Foster carer transfer guidance published in Northern Ireland
New best practice guidance on the transfer of foster carers has been produced by the Fostering Network Northern Ireland.
The paper recommends the good practice guidelines to be followed when a foster carer wishes to transfer from one fostering service to another. The guidance recognises the principles of child care legislation and seeks to ensure that safeguarding the welfare of children is at the core of fostering policy and practice.
The guidelines are the result of 18 months of discussion with trusts, independent providers and the health and social care board, who are all in agreement with the process.
Where a foster carer decides to change fostering provider, the decision about whether any existing placement can or should continue will be made by the trust that has placed that child. It is most important that both foster carers and fostering services adhere to the guidelines.
A copy of the transfer guidance can be found on our website here.