Who is at this review?

You and your partner (if applicable), your Supervising Social Worker, a Chair Person and a minute taker.

Where is this review held?

image-04Your first annual review will take place at the Head Office of Next Step, in Faversham, Kent. Subsequent ones are held in your local office.

Who contributes to my review?

We seek comments from you, your children, your Supervising Social Worker, the Local Authority Social Workers who have had children placed with you during the review period and the children who are placed with you at the time of your review.

How often will I have a review?

The Fostering Services Regulations state that Next Step must satisfy itself that all foster carers continue to meet the required standards and terms of the Foster Care Agreement and that this should be done through review at least every 12 months. Early review will be held following a serious complaint or an allegation of abuse, if you have had a significant change in your circumstances, or at the request of a foster carer or member of Next Step staff (eg to consider a proposal for a change of approval category).

What happens at a review?

The focus of the discussion is about your experience of the fostering you have done over the year and how it has impacted on you and your family. It is an opportunity to discuss what you think you have achieved and whether the support and training provided has met your needs in supporting the children placed with you. It is also a chance to look ahead to what support/training etc., you might need in the coming year and to discuss what kind of fostering best suits you and your family and what kind of placements you feel able to offer and we feel would be appropriate.

The review is also the opportunity for Next Step to monitor that your work meets the agency and National Standards and that your statutory checks are up to date.

What happens after a review?

Your first annual review report (and others where there have been significant issues or when changes to approval status are recommended) is presented to the Next Step Fostering Panel. The recommendations from the Reviewing Officer and the Panel are passed to the Agency Decision Maker who is responsible for making the decision about the approval of foster carers. You will then receive a letter confirming the continuation of your approval and any changes to your approval criteria, or a letter giving reasons why it is felt that you should not continue as a foster carer.