Foster with us and we'll support you, not just financially and practically, but also by visiting you regularly, providing advice and guidance by telephone and in person, and generally keeping involved.
As our foster carer, you will benefit from:
- Competitive Financial support for foster carers.
- Access to your own social worker, who'll answer any questions you have or provide advice.
- Out of hours support, so that you can get in touch 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (see our Emergency contacts information).
- Access to training, before and while you are a foster carer, tailored to your needs.
- Opportunities to attend our support groups, both for yourself and the children you foster.
- Fun events for you and your foster child (for example, Christmas parties)
Every child is different, and so are their needs. Because of this, the support you need may be different for each placement.
Your social worker
Your social worker will support you through each fostering placement and will visit you regularly to offer support and advice.
Every child you foster also has their own social worker who can offer advice and support.
Contacting us in emergencies
If a difficult situation arises outside of office hours you can call our emergency duty team, who are here to help you.
You'll have access to a wide range of other professionals:
- Looked After Nurses with specialist knowledge of the health needs of foster children.
- The Virtual School - who support looked after children in their education setting.
- The Full Circle therapeutic team - this includes a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and specialist therapeutic workers who can support children and their foster carer.
- Community Support - who can undertake specific identified work to support the stability of foster placements.
- Fostering Wrap Around Service - support workers specifically available for looked after children in foster placements when there are crises.
- Emergency Duty Team - who can provide and support outside of office hours.
- Access to the services of One Point hubs.
Your social worker can help you find the right support for your family.
Before you are approved as a carer you will complete our 'Prepare to Foster' course, to help develop your understanding of fostering and what's involved in caring for a child.
Once you begin caring for children you will be expected to attend further training to help you develop your skills. Ouroffers a wide selection of training which is regularly refreshed and developed to meet identified needs.
We'll help you with the Training, Support and Development Standards (TSD) portfolio for foster carers which you will need to complete within your first 12 months of fostering.