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  • Aharrison

    does the new children and families bill change the Staying Put offer? what does it mean for foster carers?

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    Christian

    Hi at present not all local authorities have implemented their ‘Staying Put Policy’.
    However this is a short bit from the guidance below.

    There are no eligibility criteria for entering into a staying put arrangement, other than the
    young person being an ‘eligible child’ for care leaver support as explained on page 2. If on the
    day before their 18th birthday the young person was a looked after child placed with a foster
    carer, and had been looked after for at least 13 weeks since the age of 14, then by continuing
    to live with their former foster carer this constitutes a staying put arrangement. This applies
    whether the foster placement was long term or short term, and includes placements made at
    any time up to the young person’s 18th birthday.
    Local authorities have a general duty to do all they can to support care leavers into further
    and higher education, training or employment, but these are not preconditions for starting
    or maintaining a staying put arrangement. The legislation does not permit local authorities to
    introduce their own eligibility rules.
    There is no reason to put foster carers through any sort of assessment or approval process to
    become staying put carers because the arrangements are made between adults and are not
    regulated.

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