Becoming a foster carer FAQ: What does it mean

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You may have many questions about fostering and have questions about the different terms and jargon used.  Here are some of the most frequently asked...

 

ADM -  Agency Decision Maker  

AR – Annual Review 

BAAF – Now CoramBAAF (British Association for Adoption and Fostering) 

CAMHS – Child and Adolescent Health Service  

EWMHS – Emotional Well-Being and Mental Health Services 

CA 1989  - Children Act 1989 

CPD – Continued Professional Development 

CPR – Child’s Permanence Report  

CSE – Child Sexual Exploitation 

TSDS  - Training, Support and Development Standards 

DBS – Disclosure and Barring Service 

ICO - Interim Care Order 

IFA - Independent Fostering Agency 

IRM – Independent Review Mechanism 

IRO -  Independent Reviewing Officer  

LA - Local Authority 

LAC (or CLA) - Child Looked After 

LADO – Local Authority Designated Officer 

LSCB – Local Safeguarding Children Board 

NMS 2011 – National Minimum Standards 

PEP – Personal Education Plan 

PR – Parental Responsibility 

S20 accommodation – Voluntary accommodation under section 20 of Children Act 1989 

S31 Care Order – Accommodated under Care Order granted by the court to the LA 

tFN- The Fostering Network 

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