Children’s physical, emotional and social development needs are promoted.
STANDARD 6 - Promoting good health and wellbeing
Children Act 1989:
- Section 22 - General duties of local authority in relation to children looked after by them
- Section 61 and Section 62 - duties of voluntary organisations and local authorities in relation to children accommodated by or on behalf of the voluntary organisation
- Children live in a healthy environment where their physical, emotional and psychological health is promoted and where they are able to access the services to meet their health needs.
Children understand their health needs, how to maintain a healthy lifestyle and to make informed decisions about their own health.
Children are encouraged to participate in a range of positive activities that contribute to their physical and emotional health.
Children have prompt access to doctors and other health professionals, including specialist services (in conjunction with the responsible authority), when they need these services.
Children’s health is promoted in accordance with their placement plan and foster carers are clear about what responsibilities and decisions are delegated to them and where consent for medical treatment needs to be obtained.
Children’s wishes and feelings are sought and taken into account in their health care, according to their understanding, and foster carers advocate on behalf of children.
Foster carers receive sufficient training on health and hygiene issues and first aid, with particular emphasis on health promotion and communicable diseases.
Foster carers receive guidance and training to provide appropriate care if looking after children with complex health needs.
Medicines kept in the foster home are stored safely and are accessible only by those for whom they are intended.
Foster carers are trained in the management and administration of medication. Prescribed medication is only given to the child for whom it was prescribed, and in accordance with the prescription. Children who wish to, and who can safely keep and take their own medication, do so.
Foster carers keep a written record of all medication, treatment and first aid given to children during their placement.
Any physical adaptations or equipment needed for the appropriate care of the children are provided to foster carers.