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6.10.1 Sitting Service


  1. Role of the Sitting Service
  2. Pre-Approval Procedure
  3. Post- Approval Procedure

1. Role of the Sitting Service

Sitting Service carers offer short term breaks to children with disabilities in the child's home, and may take the child out to social activities.

The service aims to give parents an occasional break from the care of their child. (For instance a parent might choose to spend time with their other children or go out as a couple).

2. Pre-Approval Procedure

The procedures for the approval of Shared Care Home Sitters are broadly the same as those for foster carers with the following additional requirements:

  • Enquiry form - Part 1 - is as for foster care but Part 2 (the Sitting Service Initial Visit) is only used if the applicant is definitely only interested in sitting
  • Assessment - use the Sitting Service Assessment document
  • Health and Safety Checklist - use risk assessment with guidelines from home Childminders H&S handout. The risk assessment must be done in the child's home at the time of placement (Cross reference with 4.6.5 Policy on Smoking in Households approved under the Fostering Regulations and Minimum Standards 2011).
  • Signing off assessments - Shared Care Team Manager and Fostering Service Manager

The Shared Care Home Sitter (the carer) will only provide care that has been agreed by all signatories in a Shared Care Home Sitting Service Placement Agreement form.

Children's wishes and views must be taken into account when entering into an agreement.

The carer will not be able to take the child to their own home unless their household has been approved under the Fostering Regulations 2011, and the child will not become looked-after unless they remain in the carer's home for a period of longer than 24 hours.

The carer will not be left in sole charge of the child/young person until the carer has been approved, all risk assessments regarding Health, Moving and Handling and Behaviour Management have been completed and the carer has received appropriate guidance and training.

This service does not deliver housework or undertake similar tasks.

3. Post- Approval Procedure

Post-approval requirements are broadly in line with those for foster carers, with the following exceptions:

  • The Sitter must be sent an Approval Letter- Shared Care Sitting Service
  • Shared Care Home Sitters must sign a Shared Care Home Sitter Agreement rather than Foster Care Agreement
  • Reviews must be recorded on the Review Form for Home Sitter and the carer asked to complete a Review questionnaire for home sitter.