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Impact of Unproven Allegations on Foster Carers

This research study aimed to explore the impact of unproven allegations on carers in order to improve the way that allegations are dealt with by fostering services, local authorities and the police.

Phase 1: we studied 190 records of unproven cases from 2013 and 2014 to understand the characteristics of children and carers involved in allegations, their placements, experience, training and support (190 responses from fostering providers of which 92 came from ten local authorities and 98 from nine independent fostering providers).

Phase 2: we carried out in depth interviews to explore the impacts of allegations and the experiences of carers (16 foster carers from eight local authorities, 14 foster carers from eight independent foster providers along with 23 supervising social workers and 13 fostering managers involved in the same cases).

Wider Team: Gillian Plumridge

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