Information for foster carers
Useful fostering documents
The Foster Carers Manual (PDF, 3 MB) provides information and guidance on all aspects of being a foster carer.
The Staying Put Policy (PDF, 844 KB) covers the arrangements, framework and regulations of the Staying Put scheme.
The Suffolk Foster Carer PACE Scheme Information (PDF, 681 KB) explains the role and requirements of a PACE Scheme carer.
Our Fostering Statement of Purpose 2017 - 2018 (PDF 3M) explains how our fostering service runs in accordance with the National Minimum Standards for Fostering Services, and the Fostering Services Regulations (2011).
Our Schedule of Allowances 2017-2018 (PDF, 368 KB) explains the financial support offered to foster carers.
Our guide to Fostering Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children - UASC (PDF 132 KB) provides information and guidance on fostering UASC in Suffolk
Regulations, guidance and national minimum standards
GOV.UK provides a comprehensive set of regulations and national minimum standards for fostering services in England, as well as other research, including:
Download our OFSTED report from 2016. Our OFSTED rating is Good.
Supporting your child's education
Find information about educational support for looked after children on the Suffolk County Council website.
Procedures for managing allegations
Read the Suffolk Safeguarding Children Board's procedures for managing allegations of abuse against people who work with children, or those who're in positions of trust (particularly foster and Link carers).
Help us to recruit new foster carers
When someone is considering fostering they often would like to hear from existing foster carers.
Therefore, we really welcome our carers getting involved in supporting us with recruitment, and have a Carers Ambassadors Scheme.
Carers can also help us by:
joining us at information events
talking to people who've contacted us about fostering
publicising the need for more foster carers using our posters and banners
liking and sharing information from the Suffolk Fostering Service on Facebook
contributing to a preparation training event
Introduce a friend and receive £500
All existing foster carers can receive £500 each time they help us recruit more new foster carers.
If you know someone who may be interested in fostering please download and complete the fostering recommendation form (PDF, 126 KB) and email or post it back to us and we'll get in touch with them.
If they get approved as a foster carer, we'll pay you £500 as a thank you!
You can also contact one of our recruiters with any ideas or offers of help:
phone 01473 264800
Foster carers training
We offer our foster carers an extensive range of quality training and learning opportunities (PDF). These include instructor-led courses, e-learning and accredited training such as the Diploma in Child care. You can find out more about these training courses by visiting Suffolk CPD Online.
Existing Suffolk foster carers, adopters and Special Guardians can book a training place by using our search facility and selecting ‘Foster Carers/Adopters/Guardian’s and Parents’ as the target audience.
The Suffolk Promise
The Suffolk Promise aims to ensure that children and young people in care across Suffolk have equal access to the same range of key services and support.
It's seen as a good set of practice standards that highlight Suffolk's commitment to improving the experiences and outcomes of children in care, and listen to their views.
Read about the Suffolk Promise on:
Other useful links
- The Suffolk Foster Care Association is run by Suffolk foster carers, for Suffolk foster carers
- The Fostering Network offers a national network of support for foster carers, as well as independent information and advice on fostering.
- CoramBAAF Adoption & Fostering Academy offers information on all aspects of fostering.
- Research in Practice has a wide range of information covering social care topics plus dedication e-learning resources for fostering and adoption.
- Browse information for those who're interested in working with children and young people in Suffolk.