This charter sets out to clarify the roles and responsibilities of the Nationwide Association of Fostering Providers (NAFP), what our members can expect from NAFP, and responsibilities of member independent and voluntary sector fostering agencies (IFAs). It is designed to strengthen the association and to demonstrate a shared commitment to the best foster care for children.


  • To be the voice of IFPs
  • To campaign for independent foster care to be an equal partner in ensuring all young people can have provision which best meets their needs
  • To create a local, regional and national environment in which IFPs can effectively offer high quality, value for money services for children in care


  • To listen and respond to issues raised by members
  • To share expertise and information across the membership
  • To consult with members and influence on key policy and practice issues
  • To collaborate with local and national government to further common goals
  • To set high standards for members and encourage continuous improvement
  • To encourage and enable members to work alongside each other in a mutually respectful way

Key principles

  • Working together
  • Mutual support
  • Sharing information
  • Equal voice for all member agencies


NAFP is a not-for-profit company. The Board of the company is the overall decision making body and is drawn from an elected Executive. The Executive has responsibility for:

  • Recommendation for approval by the Board of the organisation’s annual plan
  • General oversight of NAFP's operations and progress against the annual plan

The Executive is made up of elected representatives from members at each tier of membership to ensure a broad range of views can be taken into account when issues are discussed. Executive members serve for a term of three years. All members are encouraged to put senior staff forward for positions on the Executive when vacancies arise.


NAFP members commit to: 

  • Share innovation and best practice
  • Follow NAFP codes of practice for members
  • Notify NAFP of any changes of ownership of this organisation and/or any changes that affect the tier of membership fee to be paid
  • Notify NAFP immediately if the registration of any of their agencies is suspended, qualified, or cancelled by the relevant inspectorate
Registered as a company in England & Wales No. 06717310 Registered office: Corbridge Business Centre, Tinklers Yard, Corbridge, Northumberland NE45 5SB
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