Digital copy of a Report on Professional Fostering by [Charles Smith], Children's Officer. [Some details redacted].

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February 10th 1978 - February 10th 1978

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Refers to Deputy Mrs A Baal, Mr K Barette and Charles Smith visiting the United Kingdom between 25 to 27 January 1978 to enquire into the operation of professional fostering in authorities. Provides details of visits to the London Borough of Lambeth and Kent County Council and attendance of a one-day conference on professional fostering at the National Children's Bureau. Outlines factors which emerged from the visits and conference, relating to the initial launching of any scheme, officer responsbility for the scheme, age-range of children, use of the term family placement project in place of professional fostering, whether foster parents should be salaried or freelance, payment details, full commitment by foster parents, importance of group support and need for obligatory training programmes. Also outlines points regarding financial expense compared with cost of normal boarding out and need for an additional social worker responsible for the scheme in light of present pressures on staff. Recommands that authority be given to prepare a statement for release to the press and television on the place of a family placement project in Jersey and action to be taken from thereon.


Baal, Anne, Deputy
Barette, Keith
Smith, Charles
Children's Department
Children's Office
Children's Sub-Committee
Education Committee
Haut de la Garenne
Kent County Council
London Borough of Lambeth
National Children's Bureau


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