Undertaking a foster carer review

Undertaking a foster carer review


This guide is designed to help social workers to plan and carry out a comprehensive and evidence-based review of foster carers. It is to be used by supervising social workers to complete a Foster Carer Review using the CoramBAAF Form FR (England).

This guide explores the legal framework behind foster carer reviews and offers advice on how to conduct the review process, looking at actions that agencies should take before, during and after a foster carer review meeting. Each part of Form FR is considered, with information on how best to use each section, along with an exploration of practice issues that should be taken into account by supervising workers. Separate chapters look at good practice principles when reviewing foster carers’ health, and achieving the Training, Support and Development Standards.

Who is this book for?

All those undertaking foster carer reviews. The guide will be of particular use to those who are new to the task.

What you will find in this book

Logically structured and very accessibly presented, this guide:

  • assists the supervising social worker in collecting the information necessary to complete a comprehensive Form FR review
  • considers best practice in working with foster carers, children and young people, and others throughout the review process
  • prompts the worker to analyse the informant they have collected with regard to its significance and importance.
Read the contents page and introduction


Paul Adams was CoramBAAF’s Fostering Development Consultant. He has worked as a social worker, primarily in local authority children’s services, managing child care and fostering teams. He has authored Good Practice Guides on a range of subjects, and has developed a number of forms and good practice guidance.

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