Training, support and development standards for foster care: guidance

Children's Workforce Development Council
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These Training, Support and Development (TSD) Standards for Foster Care were developed by Children’s Workforce Development Council with input from a reference group including practitioners, foster carers, young people, Ofsted, the Fostering Network and BAAF. They were introduced in May 2007 and apply to all approved foster carers in England. The TSD Standards provide a national minimum benchmark to set out what all foster carers should know, understand and be able to do within the first 12 months of approval. They form part of a national strategy, supported by the Department for Education, to raise the profile of foster carers as valued professionals and to improve and standardise service provision for looked after children. This guidance explains what the Standards are and how foster carers can show that they have met each Standard. Foster carers who have previous experience of working with children and young people can use their prior learning and experience as evidence to show that they can meet the Standards.

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looked after children, social care provision, standards, foster care, foster carers, good practice;
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practice guidance
United Kingdom
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