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Alan Douglas aged 3

Foster carers file components


Karen Douglas (27) approached social services six months ago because she was having difficulty in caring for her son Alan (3 years). Alan has been diagnosed with moderate autism. Following a core assessment social services arranged a sponsored day care place for Alan and also agreed that he could have respite care fostering one weekend a month.

Based on this information identify which of the formats you would expect the foster carers to be provided with. To place a format in the file tick the box next to the format.

Now compare your answers to ours.


Referral and Initial Information Record
Initial Assessment Record
Core Assessment Record
Contact Sheets
Detailed Records
Essential Information Record Part 1
Essential Information Record Part 2

Placement Plan Part 1 - Placement Agreement

Placement Plan Part 2 - Day to Day Arrangements
Care Plan
Review Form
Assessment and Action Record
Case Summary
Pathway Plan



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