Fostering - How we can support you
How We Support You...
As a foster carer you play a vital role. You will be part of the Children and Young People Service’s Team and as such you will provided with all the relevant support that you will need. The support package is outlined below:
As a potential foster carer you will receive pre-approval training during your application and assessment period. You will have the opportunity to meet other foster carers, social workers and care leavers and other staff from the Fostering Service.
Once approved, you will be expected to attend a variety of different courses to learn about various aspects of caring for children and how to put this into practice.
Should you meet the criteria you will be encouraged to study for the QCF level 3 in Health and Social Care, Caring for Children and Young People.
Childcare is made available to allow you to attend the training courses.
You'll have a supervising social worker who will be your main contact within the team and assist you throughout your fostering career. there are also duty social workers within the team who will support you in the absence of your supervising social worker. your supervising social worker stays in touch with you regularly, by telephone and by visiting you to complete formal supervision to support you in meeting the needs of child/ren placed with you.
If you need advice outside office working hours you can contact the Out of Hours Emergency Duty Team.
We also keep in touch with all our carers with a regular newsletter, support groups and events where we can update you on any developments within Children's Services.
You will receive a fostering allowance which will ensure that the material needs of the child in placement are adequately met. You will also be paid an additional allowance for each child, for birthdays, holidays and Christmas.
Should you meet the criteria for the QCF and achieve this award you will receive an additional payment dependent upon the children that you care for.
We also help if you need specific equipment for a placement.
The Fostering Network
On approval you will automatically become a member of the Fostering Network, a national organisation for foster carers which can provide you with advice, information and assistance.