Foster carers play a key role in children’s daily lives, but that this has often gone unrecognised, leaving everyday decisions out of their hands. At the same time, fostered children and young people have expressed their wish to grow up as part of ‘normal’ families without the rules and bureaucracy, which can limit their opportunities and make them feel different. The response to these concerns is an attempt to promote foster carers’ involvement in care planning, as well as giving them the authority, like parents, to make more day-to-day decisions about the children and young people they care for – what is called delegated authority.

Delegated Authority: Putting It Into Practice (September 2011)

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