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on Wednesday, 08 May 2013
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Managing allegations against foster carers

The Scottish Government has published a document that gives guidance on how to manage allegations against foster carers and approved kinship carers that have given rise to concerns about the safety and well-being of looked after children.

The document is designed to both help to ensure positive outcomes for looked after children and to minimise stress on foster and kinship carers.

Foster carers and approved kinship carers look after children who will all have experienced trauma, abuse or neglect in their early years which has led to them being placed away from their birth family.

Caring for these children is challenging for carers and children may find living with another family difficult and this may lead them to try to find ways to break up a placement through making an allegation that the carer has abused or neglected them.

It is vital that services respond appropriately when children or young people, their parents or others raise concerns about the child’s safety or well-being when in the care of foster carers or approved kinship carers. According to the Government, the document aims to describe good practice in managing and responding to allegations, concerns or complaints.

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