New Scottish guidance on managing allegations welcome
The Fostering Network has welcomed the Scottish Government’s publication today of the final guidance on handling allegations against foster and kinship carers in Scotland.
Managing Allegations Against Foster Carers and Approved Kinship Carers – How Agencies Should Respond outlines how to manage situations that arise relating to allegations being brought against foster and kinship carers.
It provides detailed best practice guidance on how to respond when there are concerns about the safety and well-being of looked-after children. It is designed to both help to ensure positive outcomes for looked after children and to minimise stress on foster and kinship carers.
Children’s minister Aileen Campbell, in her foreword to the new guidance, said: “Looked-after children need to feel safe and nurtured at all times. Managing Allegations Against Foster Carers and Approved Kinship Carers provides detailed best practice guidance on how to respond when there are concerns that this may not be the case. It is designed to both help to ensure positive outcomes for looked-after children and to minimise stress on foster and kinship carers when concerns are raised about the welfare and safety of a child in their care.
“We recognise the difficult task we ask from foster carers and kinship carers when they take children into their homes and care for them as if they are their own. Children come to carers with complex emotional needs; some will have challenging behaviour and have experienced difficult family relationships. With this kind of complexity it needs to be understood that some allegations may be made about the foster and kinship carers because of the child's conflicting loyalties as well as their lack of basic trust in adults as a result of trauma or neglect.
“We acknowledge the work carried out by the Fostering Network in consultation with stakeholders to pull together such a thorough guidance document which we hope will be of assistance to agencies when handling situations where allegations have been made.”
Sara Lurie, director of the Fostering Network Scotland, said: “The Fostering Network has been instrumental in developing this guidance, and we’re delighted that it has now been published to help social work departments and fostering services manage and respond to allegations, concerns and complaints.
“It is crucial that children are always listened to and any allegations, concerns or complaints are taken seriously. This guidance helps social work departments and fostering services to do this, while also ensuring that foster carers are supported through this difficult time.”
The new guidance replaces the existing interim guidance published in 2010.
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