Restorative Learning Audit - Fostering

Closes 28 Jun 2024

Voice and influence of the child, including visits

23. Voice and influence of the child, including visits

Please explain the rationale for the judgements 

Visits and meeting participation 

The child is seen in statutory timeframe in various settings, file recording is consistent and provides a clear and reflective recording of them and their voice which translates into their plans. There is focus on identity, Trauma, history/experiences, evidence of professional curiosity - challenge and support and consideration of research. The child’s file gives a clear sense of the world of the child or young person. 

Children are invited to attend their meetings and to participate in a variety of ways (advocacy is offered). The work is focused on hearing their voice, and outcomes for them.  Children’s views are heard and considered in foster carers performance reviews and placement meetings. 

Direct Work 

Children are supported to understand their story (direct work, words and pictures, life story work - evidence where this is seen). Their views are considered around family time and decision making. There is focus on identity, Trauma, history/experiences, evidence of professional curiosity - challenge and support and consideration of research. There is evidence of relationship building with the child 

Relationships 

There is evidence of regular contact with family members and carers (to include absent parents).evidence of relationship, feedback, high challenge / support and restorative working - use of Pathway to Change – family led to inform support and plans. Efforts to re engage child/ family with changes in approach when there are barriers.  There is evidence that the child’s views detailed in the placement plan are being applied to the work undertaken by the foster carer and fostering services.    The foster carer has been engaged in understanding and shaping plans for the child.