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Foster Carer's Recording
It is good practice for Foster Carers to keep a record of events relating to the children / young people in their care. Such a record may be used later in giving evidence in court, as part of the Child Protection process, or simply to inform the child's review.
Important events relating to looked-after children should be reported to that child's Care Manager as soon as possible, and recorded. When the child moves, all records in relation to the child should be passed to the child's Care Manager (see guidance in Foster Carer Recording folder).
The recording file will be monitored at least annually by the Carer's Fostering Social Worker, and can be viewed by the child's Care Manager at any time. Facts and opinions must be clearly separated. Please remember that children and birth parents may be able to view these records.
The recording file should be returned to the Department when the Carer ceases fostering.