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There does not appear to be any legislation or standards relating to the amount of time foster agencies should allow their foster carers to prepare their report for a FC review once they have seen the SSW report… what do people think is reasonable? Should timescales be included in policies on FC reviews?
I think it would be good if Reviews set out timescales. It seems quite common for Foster Carers to be given the SSW Report a couple of days before the Review or in some cases the evening before. What should a Foster Carer do if they feel they haven’t been given adequate time to absorb the SSW report and give their responses in writing?
This would be unprofessional practice and the FC in this instance should consider formally notifying the LA/IFA or their concerns and possibly consider making a formal complaint. If the LA/IFA did not allow a FC to respond to a SSW report for a review/panel and this had an impact on the recommendations at the review/panel I expect the IRM would take a dim view of this if the FC applied to them following a review where they disagreed with the decision makers recommendation…