Training foster carers - legislation

Law and standards

The Law and Standards sections apply to England only.

A brief indication of how the law changed upon full implementation (September 2004 and September 2005) of the Adoption and Children Act 2002 is inserted in italics.

Compliance with statute and regulations is mandatory; compliance with standards is taken into account by the CSCI when registering and inspecting fostering service providers.

Fostering Service Regulations 2002 - Regulation 17: support, training and information for foster parents

National Minimum Fostering Standard 23

The fostering service must ensure that foster carers are trained in the skills required to provide high quality care and meet the needs of each child/young person placed in their care.

All training must fit within a framework of equal opportunities and anti- discriminatory practice, and must be organised to encourage and facilitate attendance by foster carers.