The Jersey Care Commission standards are statements which set clear expectations about how care services should be provided.
A service can only be considered a fostering service if it is delivered by private foster carers in accordance with the Children (Placement) (Jersey) Regulations 2005.
Children and young people receive rights-based fostering services and can make or be supported to make choices appropriate to their age and ability.
Children and young people are safeguarded and have their needs met in their foster placements.
Children and young people in foster care are supported to have access to all appropriate health, education, employment, leisure services and opportunities.
Children and young people’s diversity and individuality is promoted and valued through their foster placement.
Children and young people interact positively with their foster families which is reflected in behaviour, attitudes, and relationships.
Children and young people who are missing from foster placements are responded to quickly and appropriately.
Children in foster care are appropriately prepared prior to each placement.
Young people in foster care are appropriately prepared to leave foster care and to move to adulthood and independence.
Children and young people in foster care are supported to maintain contact with their parents, families, and significant others.
The service has a clear statement of purpose and set of policies which are accessible to everyone including children and young people who use the service.
The service is well managed, and the organisation effectively led.
Staff are safely recruited and are fully supported in their roles.
The service maintains comprehensive records relating to every child or young person whom the service supports.
Decisions taken regarding the recruitment and approval of foster carers are transparent and fair.
Foster carers are appropriately recruited, supported, and trained.
Allegations and suspicions of harm are handled appropriately.
Family and friends as foster carers (known as connected person foster carers).
The provision of Specialist Short Break (SSB) foster carers for children and young people with complex needs