Transferring Fostering Agency
Did you know that it is easy to change from one foster agency to another? It has been made a great deal easier by the issuing of a transfer protocol that covers any and all factors involved in the transfer. The protocol begins with the recognition that foster carers have the right to freedom of movement between fostering services.
To ensure that the process is current and proactive, the protocols are reviewed and revised regularly. Because there are modifications from time to time in the legislation and regulations governing UK’s foster provider services, it is essential that any actions such as changing agencies are responsive to the changes in the rules and regulations.
The Transfer of Foster Carers Protocol England 2014 (reissued 2015) sets a standard for good practice guidelines to follow if an approved carer transfers services. The principles focus on the welfare of any child in placement rather than on financial factors. Any moves must be in the best interest of the child or young person in care and ensure continuity of care for children in placement.
If a carer wishes to transfer, he or she should inform their current agency in writing of their desire to make a move. Once the current service has been notified, the recruiting fostering service may begin its assessment. Because a person cannot be approved by more than one agency at the same time, the recruiting service cannot give final approval until the foster parent has officially resigned from their current agency. Approval is automatically terminated 28 days after a written notice of resignation.
If there is a child in placement, the carer must also give written notice of their intention to transfer to the placing authority. It is possible that a child’s placement will continue with the same carer.
There are many reasons for a carer to make the decision to change agencies. It could be a matter of finding a service that is a better fit for your fostering abilities and skills or it could be a matter of wanting to move to another area of the country.
Not all independent care agencies are the same. However, it is important to know that the rules and regulations are the same for all agencies and local authorities across the UK. The differences between services is typically in their size and environment. Some are nation-wide, others serve specific geographical regions, there are registered charities and there are companies.
Regardless of which service you are with, the demographics are the same. Bear this in mind if your motivation for transferring begins with the placements you get. For instance, there are more older children in care than younger ones. Any differences to be expected from a change tend to be in the allowances, training, support, and network offered.
Excel Fostering is located in, and serves, the North West, Cumbria and Lancashire. We are noted for our friendly, personal atmosphere. We value our carers for their skills, personality, and their compassion.
Please contact us by telephone or email to discuss transferring.