Making decisions (delegated authority)

Delegated authority is when the responsibility of making day-to-day decisions about the children in your care passes to you.

At the Placement Agreement Meeting, you will discuss your roles and responsibilities regarding:

  • family time
  • the child’s education support
  • transport arrangements
  • information and recording
  • health care
  • special needs
  • the day to day care of the child or young person.

The child’s Placement Plan will set out clearly the decisions you can and cannot make and this will vary depending on the specific needs of every individual child.

If you are unsure about delegated authority, or have any questions, you should always speak to your fostering social worker for information and advice.