This Short Breaks Foster Carers statement that looks into the background of short breaks services and the requirement that supervising social workers to make annual unannounced visits to short breaks foster carers. Also discussed is how Short Breaks is related to policy, the consultation process, and what the 2012 context looked like.
Research is also cited in relation to these themes as respondents were asked for their views on policy and procedure of announced visits at short breaks for carers. The nature of these unannounced visits, what they are intended to achieve, whether they should continue to take place and the barriers to success are referred to. This statement concludes with recommendations based on the research conducted.