11.0 Health and safety in private foster homes
When undertaking home visits to private fostering households, workers should be mindful of health and safety issues, and offer suitable advice (for example regarding grids for ponds, safety glass in low panes (e.g. in doors), safety gates etc). A health and safety checklist is available. If a private foster carer has been advised about an issue in the household or surround, which could pose a risk to the child, and does not address that risk, a requirement could be made via the fostering panel and agency decision maker.
All private fostering households should be offered advice regarding fitting smoke detectors. It may be possible for the local fire service to visit the household, to give advice on fire safety and to fit smoke detectors (either free or for a nominal charge).