Policies & Documents

On this page you'll find all kinds of useful information, including official reports and policies. Some of the leaflets may be a little dated (we are currently in the process of updating them all) but much of the general information remains the same or similar. 

Please select from the list of resources and downloads below. All documents are downloadable as PDFs. You will need Adobe Reader to be able to view and print PDF documents. Adobe Reader is a FREE piece of software. Click here to download Adobe Reader.

For more info, chat to our friendly fostering team anytime on 0800 587 9900.

Useful Documents

Foster Carer Handbook
A Guide for Foster Carers 2022

Foster Carer Agreement Oct 2022
This is a copy of the agreement foster carers sign when they are approved.

A Book List for Prospective Foster Carers
A list of recommended reading for anyone considering becoming a foster carer.

CLA Clothing Guidance 2022

Fees & Allowances Booklet

Training Plan 2021-2022
Download this booklet to find out about all the training offered to foster carers.

Fostering - Know Your Rights
Information about the rights of Social Care clients.

Foster Carer Progression Scheme July 2019
Detailed information on our Foster Carer Progression Scheme

Foster Panel Appeal Process
Find out more about how the Foster Panel works and how to appeal against their decisions.

A Guide for Foster Carers and Social Workers
Edited version of the Community Care Inform Children’s guide to the responsibilities of the carers and social workers involved in fostering.

Leaflets and Posters

Fostering Information Booklet

General Fostering Leaflet

Fostering Poster 2019

Parent & Child Leaflet 2018

Short Break Care Leaflet 2018

Stepping Stones Flyer 2018
Stepping Stones Flyer 2020

Feasibility Study TAUNTON - A4 Poster
Feasibility Study TAUNTON - A5 Flyer

Caring for Challenging Children & Teens 2018
Could you offer a young person in crisis guidance, stability, and a place to call home? We offer on-call support, fantastic training and the chance to be part of a dedicated team - read about our schemes here.


Fostering Service Annual Reports
Reports about the fostering service's annual performance and looking forward to the year ahead.

Fostering Service Annual Report 2020 - 2021

Fostering Service Annual Report 2019 - 2020

Fostering Service Annual Report 2017 - 2018

Fostering Service Annual Report 2016 - 2017

Fostering Panel Annual Reports

Fostering Panel Annual Report 2022 - 2023

Fostering Panel Annual Report 2020 - 2021

Fostering Panel Annual Report 2019 - 2020

Fostering Panel Annual Report 2018 - 2019

Policies & Statements

Fostering Retainer Policy 2019

Somerset County Council Permanence Statement
This is the Council's statement on how children in care will be looked after.

Fostering Statement Of Purpose 2021 - 2022
This Statement of Purpose sets out what services are provided for children who are placed with Somerset’s Fostering Service and also includes those provided by other agencies.

Disability Living Allowance Policy
Information on disability Living Allowance - Fostered Children and Foster Carers



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