NAFP aims to achieve and maintain a membership that represents at least 75% of placements made with independent and voluntary fostering providers, in order to give those children a voice. Membership is in tiers, based on placement numbers, and each tier of membership is represented on the Executive Committee.
Our mission is to be the voice of the independent and voluntary sector for children and young people and to promote high standards of professional and business practice within the membership. NAFP will do this through raising awareness of the benefits of using the independent sector, including improved outcomes for children and by engaging in activities that portray the collective voice of the sector for children and young people. Key benefits of NAFP membership include:
NAFP aims to be involved at the highest level and to represent the sector in all discussions with key government bodies such as:
• CRB/ISA (or the proposed new combined body)
Through engagement with key decision makers and lobbying of central government, NAFP will represent the sector and maximise opportunities to influence policy and develop good practice.
Networking and information exchange
Particularly valued by our members, NAFP offers the opportunity for the exchange of non-competitively sensitive information and provides a platform where concerns and issues can be expressed and support, advice and information be shared. In addition, NAFP produces regular newsletters and has a member’s information area on the website.
NAFP aims to be a technical centre offering commentary, guidance and direction on all potential legislative, regulatory and professional practice developments of relevance to fostering services.
Advice and support
NAFP supports members with professional, practice and commercial issues, and offers opportunities to share good practice and joint approaches. NAFP employs a professional advisor with significant market experience to provide advice and information about professional issues, and can offer commercial support in responding to contracts, tenders and consortium issues.
Conferences and events
Membership of NAFP entitles members to attend conferences and seminars on key issues, and to contribute to national debates.