What we offer

 

It is very important to us that our foster carers feel fully supported in their role.

To achieve this we offer:

  • New - Two girlsfree training and support beforehand - to help you prepare to be a foster carer, and a strong programme of on-going training once you are approved - to help you build on your skills

  • 24 hour duty social worker support, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, so there is always someone to turn to

  • a dedicated supervising social worker who will meet with you regularly and be there to support you on a day-to-day basis

  • competitive allowances and fees to support you while you have a child in placement and to value your skills as a foster carer

  • local support groups, consultation events and invitations to a range of fun social events for you and your family

  • a range of fostering opportunities including short term, long term and specialist fostering schemes

  • membership with the Fostering Network, an independent national charity which offers: free insurance for legal expenses; 24-hour helplines providing legal and medical advice including stress counselling; special members’ prices on publications, training and events along with other information and advice services

  • membership to a local Fostering Association in place to represent the interests of foster carers in the local community. 

What are the advantages of fostering with your local authority?

 

  • you will be changing the lives of children within your local community

  • training courses, support groups and social events will be within easy reach

  • both your supervising social worker and your foster child’s social worker will be based within the borough so support will always be on hand

  • if you are caring for a school-aged child they will probably be attending a local school so you won’t face long school runs

  • most children in care have regular contact sessions with their birth family. Our contact centres, where most of these sessions take place, are in borough.

 

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