As a relative, kinship or foster carer you have certain rights.
- To have the goals and expectations of each placement made clear to you.
- To be adequately prepared for placement.
- To be able to make an informed choice about a placement starting or finishing.
- To have as much information as you need to meet the individual needs of the child in your care.
- To be adequately warned about a potential risk to you or your family's safety.
- To be told about how decisions may be reviewed and how you can make a complaint.
- To have a say in any matter that affects you.
- To be respected as a member of the care team with unique knowledge and skills.
- To make certain decisions regarding the day to day care and control of the child/young person and be acknowledged as a co-parent for the child.
- To be consulted on your views of the alternative care system.
- To be given prompt initial support when a placement begins.
- To receive an ongoing level of support in keeping with the needs of the child.
- To have a placement support worker who will advocate for your needs when required.
- To have the support of other carers who understand your situation.
- To receive adequate and timely financial reimbursement that meets the agreed needs of the children in your care.
- To be safe from harm caused by the child or their family members.
- To be entitled to replacement or repair of loss or damage to your home or possessions by a child in care.
Respect and consideration
- To have the impact of fostering on you and your family considered.
- To be listened to with understanding and sensitivity and your feelings and emotional involvement recognised.
- To have the child's emotional connection to you taken into account in placement decision making and case planning.
- To receive placement preservation services to ensure that the child has been moved from your care as a last resort.
- To be treated with courtesy and respect in all communications and negotiations. If you are a relative or kinship carer, have the particular challenges of this role acknowledged and taken into consideration.
- To have the confidentiality of your personal information protected.
Fairness and openness
- To be treated in a non-discriminatory manner.
- To see any information recorded about you, (within legal constraints), and not be charged for the cost of this.
- For big decisions to be made in full consultation with you, (as well as the child/young person and the parents), and be made aware of the processes whereby you can exercise your right of challenge.
- For your complaints to be taken seriously and dealt with fairly, promptly and without retribution.
- If concerns are raised about the quality of your care, for this to be dealt with in a fair and prompt manner and mindful of the emotional impact on you and your family.