Parent and Child Fostering Scheme
Parent and Child foster carers have a parent and child living with them in their home. This is usually for a structured 12 week period. Carers in this scheme support and assess vulnerable parents and help them learn how to look after their child safely. The parent can be either male or female, and you will help them form appropriate attachments to the child whilst the authorities identify what the long term arrangements will be for the family.
- You must have a spare room for the parent and child to reside
- You should be of a patient and caring nature, in order to support vulnerable parents
- You should be comfortable working as part of a team of professionals
- You must be comfortable completing assessments and reports pertaining to both the child’s needs and the parent’s abilities in relation to these
- You must have a good standard of spoken and written English
- The capacity to take on care of a baby should the placement break down
The assessment process will be similar to that of mainstream foster carers. It is designed to help us identify the skills and experience you have to offer.
In addition to the mandatory preparation course ‘Skills to Foster’ you will also be required to complete a two-day training course focused on child development and assessing care needs. Currently approved carers who want to develop into joining the Parent and Child Scheme will have supplemental training and an additional assessment process for an addendum report.
Benefits and Support
- Specialist training
- Access to on-going training
- Enhanced allowances and fees of up to £850 per week
- 24 Hour specialist support
- Up to 8 hours a week respite
- Monthly clinical and group supervision
- And so much more