Standard for Foster Care

The Scottish Government and the SSSC are pleased to publish the final Standard for Foster Care which sets out learning for foster carers in their role.

This follows a 19 week consultation on the draft Standard, which ran from 15 May 2016. We received a total of 162 responses, 138 from individuals and 24 from organisations, including 102 responses from foster carers. We also held and attended a number of events and meetings organised by a range of groups. All of this activity provided important engagement and feedback, especially from foster carers.

The summary consultation report provides details of engagement activity and the views expressed. It also identifies some of the key areas that will contribute to discussion during implementation of the Standard.

We are very grateful for all of your comments and suggestions on how to improve the draft Standard. We would like to give special thanks to the young people who gave us their views. We incorporated suggestions from everyone who took part into the final Standard.

There are three documents published here.

  1. A summary report on the consultation and the views expressed by participants.
  2. The Standard for Foster Care. This document includes guidance on use of the Standard and delivery of learning. It also details descriptors for each standard at the stages of pre-approval, post approval and continuous professional development
  3. A reader friendly document which summarises the main elements of the Standard for Foster Care.

Next steps

Scottish Ministers will consider options for implementation of the new Standard in the context of the Independent Care Review once the Chair has announced more details.

Scottish Government will then establish an expert group to consider a cost analysis and agree a realistic plan and timeframe for foster care providers to implement the new Standard into practice.


If you have any queries on the consultation please contact Ann McSorley at