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Foster parent responsibilities

​​​​As a foster carer your role would 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

  • Keeping children safe from harm.
  • Promoting self care.
  • Providing a healthy balanced diet.
  • Providing access to medical attention.
  • Refrain from using physical punishment to discipline them.

Emotional needs

  • Encouraging a child to have good self-esteem.
  • Promoting and supporting a sense of identity.
  • Seeing the child as an individual.
  • Providing opportunities to spend time with a child.
  • Promoting the development of secure attachments.
  • Providing consistency and stability.
  • Nurturing and promoting a child's cultural, racial and religious identity.
  • Facilitating and supporting contact with the child's birth family as appropriate.

Social contacts

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


  • Taking an active interest in the child's education, including in their homework.
  • Working closely with the child's school.
  • Promoting and encouraging learning.
  • Supporting a child's attendance at school.
  • Advocating for the child's individual needs. 

Additional fostering responsibilities

  • Understanding that fostering is a family task which will impact on you, your family and friends.
  • Establishing support systems for a child and other family members.
  • Maintaining comprehensive records of your placements.
  • Working alongside professionals.
  • Attend training.

Make a fostering enquiry


0300 303 1000

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