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Learning points

  • The roles and responsibilities of foster carers and social workers – and how lack of clarity about who is doing what, and why, can cause problems in placements.
  • The different types of foster care placements – from emergency to remand.
  • Why thorough planning and preparation is so crucial to the success of a placement.

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Alan Fisher

Alan Fisher, freelance practitioner and consultant, has led the review of Inform’s fostering content.

The aim of these guides is to address the issues that arise in everyday fostering practice and to empower busy practitioners and carers to find child-centred solutions through relationship-based social work.

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