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Dec 10 2013

New Charter Empowers Harrow’s Foster Carers

harrow_council_logoA new agreement will give Harrow’s foster carers a louder voice alongside access to vital support from Harrow Council. Harrow Council’s Foster Carers’ Charter, which was launched on Wednesday, sets out what support carers can expect from the Council and underlines our commitment to helping them provide stable, caring homes.

It pledges to recognise them as professionals in their role and involve them in shaping future services for children in foster care. The charter was drawn up following the launch of a national Foster Carers Charter in 2011, which sets out clear principles from the Government of what support should be available across the country.

Harrow Council worked with the Harrow Foster Carers’ Association to produce its own charter.

Cabinet Member for Children and Families Cllr Janet Mote said: “Our foster carers do an absolutely invaluable job. They are all fully trained and many already have years of experience of looking after children or working in a caring role. This charter sets out in writing our commitment to helping them carry out the fantastic job that they do. Many of these things we already do but by setting it out like this it gives foster carers the confidence and reassurance that they need.”

Ann Birchley, Chair of Harrow Foster Carers’ Association, said: “This agreement is about emphasising our partnership with the Council. As an association, we are the voice of foster carers, they can come to us with issues or concerns and to bounce ideas off. We meet regularly with the Council and can pass these things on as well as give feedback from these meetings to foster carers. This agreement gives us guidelines in writing so foster carers can be certain about what to expect from the Council and what is expected from them.”

In the charter, the Council pledges to:

  • Work in partnership with foster carers to make a positive difference to children’s lives
  • Give foster carers all the information they need to care safely for children
  • Offer round-the-clock support for what we recognise is a challenging job
  • Offer ongoing access to learning and development
  • Consult with foster carers on things that affect them and keep them informed

It also sets out clear guidance on what is expected from foster carers, including:

  • Providing a safe, caring home and experience of family life for foster children
  • Respecting religious, cultural and language heritage
  • Helping foster children to achieve their aspirations
  • Informing the Council of any changes or difficulties
  • Take part in learning and development sessions
  • Join in Council discussions and consultations

 

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1 comment

  1. sonoo malkani

    Let’s hope with all these arrangements in place more people from our diverse communties especially Asians come forward and help us place more of our children in foster care.Good luck.
    God bless all our children.

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