Is a foster carer entitled to a copy of their assessment report? Can they share the copy with others, especially if they wish to transfer to another service? Can one service refuse to supply another service with a copy of an assessment report? What if the carer has given their permission for this to happen? Underpinning these questions is recognition that fostering assessment reports have a tangible business value, representing considerable investment in the recruitment of foster carers. There is mistrust that - rather than use information from another service’s report to inform their own assessment - some services (independent or local authority) will directly ‘cut and paste’ from one to the other, or even badge the original assessment as their own.

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