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National Minimum Standards for Fostering Services

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Together, the Fostering Service (Wales) Regulations 2003 and these standards form the basis of the new regulatory framework under the Care Standards Act 2000 (CSA) for the conduct of fostering services.

The fostering services providers to which these standards apply are:

  • local authority fostering services
  • independent fostering agencies which carry out fostering functions on behalf of local authorities
  • voluntary organisations providing fostering services in their own right, under section 59 of the Children Act 1989.