Book review: A Practical Guide to Fostering Law, Fostering Regulations, Child Care Law and the Youth Justice System

A Practical Guide to Fostering Law. Fostering Regulations, Child Care Law and the Youth Justice system

Lynn Davis

Jessica Kingsley

ISBN 9781849050920

This book is a must for those considering fostering and essential for social work students completing a placement in fostering teams, writes Merle Fletcher. It clearly explains the regulations governing foster carers’ approval and is excellent on the laws affecting children who will be looked after, including their potential involvement in the criminal justice system.

Carers will be able to follow the process, from assessment, approval, matching and progressing into placement management and conducting contact, moving children on and dealing with allegations against them. The points for practice at the end of each chapter help to form action plans. The chapter on contact is particularly well thought out and will give carers the confidence to ask questions and challenge decisions as well as understand the requirements for providing supervised sessions. This excellent book will inform and reassure carers.

Merle Fletcher fostered for 18 years and is the placement co-ordinator at Bradford College

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