Fostering Regulations


Information about the UK fostering regulations that foster carers need to know

Fostering Regulations

If you are looking for information on fostering regulations, then read on…

At Apple Fostering, our aim is to reach the highest standards when meeting the needs of children and young people.

To do this we make sure we always adhere to the relevant fostering regulations. All of our work is in line with the Fostering Services (England) Regulations 2011, which are the legal framework for the running of fostering services.

From 1 July 2013 the regulations were amended to introduce new statutory arrangements regarding the assessment and approval of foster carers. You can read about these new provisions in the government’s Care Planning, Placement and Case Review and Fostering Services (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2013.

How we meet the UK Fostering Regulations

At Apple Fostering we always ensure we adhere to official fostering regulations and reach the National Minimum Standards (NMS) for Fostering Services.

These apply to all fostering agencies, and are issued for use by Ofsted who will take them into account whenever they are inspecting foster services.

The fostering regulations, as set out in the Care Standards Act 2000 (CSA) for the conduct of fostering services, are made up of a combination of the NMS and regulations relevant to the placement of children in foster care, such as the Fostering Services (England) Regulations 2011.

As well as the fostering regulations we have mentioned, there are also a number of initiatives and acts passed by Parliament regarding the care of children, which all fostering agencies adhere to. These include:

  • • Children Act 1989 – important act for looked after children
  • • Children Act 2004 – this act set the foundation for the Every Child Matters Agenda
  • • Care Leavers (England) Regulations 2010 – looks at arrangements for young people when they leave the care system
  • • Every Child Matters (ECM) – government initiative, which includes the Five Outcomes of being healthy, staying safe, enjoying and achieving, making a positive contribution and achieving economic wellbeing

Want to know more about fostering regulations? Call us on 0345 057 3845 or complete our online inquiry form for further information. Read more on becoming a foster carer.