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Foster parent responsibilities

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​​​​As a foster carer, your role will be to meet the needs of a child in your care. You'll be working as part of a team to ensure a child's physical, emotional, social, educational and developmental needs are met. 

Meeting the needs of the child

Physical development and good health

  • Keep children safe from harm.
  • Promote self care.
  • Provide a healthy balanced diet.
  • Provide access to medical attention.
  • Refrain from using physical punishment to discipline them.

Emotional needs

  • Encourage a child to have good self-esteem.
  • Promote and supporting a sense of identity.
  • See the child as an individual.
  • Provide opportunities to spend time with a child.
  • Promote the development of secure attachments.
  • Provide consistency and stability.
  • Nurture and promote a child's cultural, racial and religious identity.
  • Facilitate and support contact with the child's birth family as appropriate.

Social contacts

  • Encourage the child to make friends.
  • Encourage them to socialise and build support networks through joining clubs or groups.
  • Understand the value of contact with other fostered children.
  • Encourage a child to reach their full potential.


  • Take an active interest in the child's education, including in their homework.
  • Work closely with the child's school.
  • Promote and encourage learning.
  • Support a child's attendance at school.
  • Advocate for the child's individual needs. 

Additional fostering responsibilities

  • Understand that fostering is a family task which will impact on you, your family and friends.
  • Establish support systems for a child and other family members.
  • Maintain comprehensive records of your placements.
  • Work alongside professionals.
  • Attend training.

Make a fostering enquiry today


0300 303 1000

Phone: Monday-Friday 9am-5pm.

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Fostering Team
Fashion Corner
57-59 Drake Street
Rochdale OL16 1PA

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