Existing Suffolk carers page

This page is for existing Suffolk County Council approved foster carers.

Recommend a friend and receive £150

All existing carers can receive £150 each time they help us recruit more new foster carers.

If you know someone who may be interested in fostering, complete the fostering recommendation form and email or post it back to us and we will then get in touch with them. If they get approved as a Suffolk Carer we will pay you £150.

Recruiting new carers

We know that when someone is considering fostering they would really like to hear from people who are already doing the role.

We are therefore keen to get as many of you involved as possible in helping us recruit more carers, this could be through attending events, talking to people who are enquiring be that in person or on the phone, promoting our need through displaying posters and banners, liking and sharing us on Facebook or helping with preparation training.

Please do get in touch with our recruitment workers with your own ideas or offers of help.

Foster carers training

For more information about what training and support is available for Suffolk foster carers please click on our Training and Support page.

Fostering: regulations, guidance and national minimum standards

A comprehensive set of regulations and national minimum standards for fostering services in England came into affect in April 2011. New guidance on fostering and family and friends was also published. You can access the guidance below:

Fostering Services Regulations 2011

The Children Act 1989 Guidance and Regulations Volume 4: Fostering Services

Fostering Services - National Minimum Standards 2011

Family and Friends Care: Statutory Guidance for Local Authorities, DfE 2011

Procedures For managing allegations

Please see link below for the Local Safeguarding Childrens Board's arrangements for 'managing allegations of abuse against people who work with children or those who are in positions of trust' and provide guidance specific to the position of foster and Link carers.

Download guidance - Procedures for managing allegations of abuse against foster or Link carers 

Other useful links

Suffolk Foster Care Association

Fostering Network


Research in Practice

The Suffolk Promise

Suffolk’s Promise aims to ensure that children and young people in care across Suffolk have equal access to the same range of key services and support. The Suffolk Promise is viewed as a set of good practice standards that express Suffolk’s commitment to improving the experiences of and outcomes for these children and demonstrates our keen desire to listen to their views.

Download the Suffolk Promise booklet, or visit the Suffolk Promise pages on this website to find out more: www.suffolk.gov.uk/suffolkspromise

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