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Information for foster carers

Useful fostering documents

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:

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

Get in touch

If you have any queries about fostering, or are interested in starting your journey as a foster carer, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us.

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