Diverse Care National Minimum Standards page.
Here you will find a list of all 31 National Minimum Standards (NMS) for fostering services. These standards are issued by the Secretary of State and are continually under review and published when amendments are made. They are issued for use by Ofsted, who take them into account when performing an inspection. We want all of our families to not only be up-to-date and informed on current legislation, but to also be aware of how Diverse Care complies and exceeds fostering regulations and National Minimum Standards.
Click the links on the right or scroll down to view each individual National Minimum Standard ('NMS')
The 31 NMS are divided into two sections; 'Child Focused Standards' and 'Standards of the Fostering Service'.
Each NMS begins with links to the underpinning legislation for that particular standard.
Underneath each sub-standard is an explanation of how Diverse Care comply and exceed it.
Each NMS is also preceded by an 'Outcome' box - this is what is expected to be achieved by the fostering service by meeting that standard.
“I have enjoyed reading through the National Minimum Standards, especially done in this way - I would never have read them in such great detail if you had sent them out as a booklet. Breaking the standards down into paragraphs has given me a better understanding of what they mean and what is expected of us as Foster Parents. I feel like it's been a mini training session which has helped and reminded us just how important we all are to the children and young people, and how important it is to understand and follow each standard written.” –Diverse Care Foster Parent, in response to our National Minimum Standards.
If at any point you do not understand any terms or phrases within the Standards, please see our Glossary. Certain words and phrases throughout this interactive document can be clicked on to take you directly to a definition.
Child Focused Standards
Standards of the Fostering Service