Consultation launched at the start of Foster Care Fortnight

We want to hear the views of everyone involved in providing and supporting foster care services during our consultation on the Standard for Foster Care.

413352_SSSC_Icon_Large_Consultations and SurveysThe Standard for Foster Care will support the crucial and often life changing service foster carers provide for Scotland’s children and young people by providing a national accredited approach to training and development. The new Standard will provide the opportunity for:

  • more joint working between fostering agencies
  • less duplication of training
  • improved access to learning and support
  • learning that foster carers can take with them to other agencies or careers.

The consultation explains how we will introduce a new framework of learning and development for foster carers and asks questions to help us implement the new Standard.

We want to gather the views of everyone who provides or supports foster care services including:

  • foster carers
  • children and young people living in foster care
  • social workers
  • foster agencies
  • academics and training providers
  • children and young people whose parent(s) are foster carers.

You can respond to the consultation online. The consultation closes on 30 September 2016.

The responses gathered in the consultation will help us finalise the content of the Standard for Foster Care and shape how we implement it.


The Scottish Government commissioned us to develop a national learning and development framework for foster carers in 2014. We worked with key stakeholders including Scottish Government, Care Inspectorate, Scottish Qualifications Authority, CoSLA, the Fostering Network and foster carers to develop the Standard. There is more information about the Standard in the consultation.

One Response to “Consultation launched at the start of Foster Care Fortnight”

  1. Anne Mcfadyen

    Jun 09. 2016

    In my opinion this has been long overdue. I have been a foster parent since 1984. I now work in residential care with young people with challenging behaviours an when I look back over the years where the young people I were fostering and how vulnerable they and my self were. No training, No back up! But for all we are in the 21st century I still think we have along way to go. We still don’t give enough help and support to the 18- to 25 year olds in care and leaving care.

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