Support for Foster Carers
Support for foster carers is a crucial part of delivering the best outcomes for a young person.
We really pride ourselves on the support we offer our foster parents. For most day-to-day needs, your supervising social worker will be your main point of contact in the fostering team. But there will also be times when you need support from one of our therapists, or from our support services team.
We will always be on-hand to provide the support you need.
Whether it’s meeting with our in-house therapists or administrative support, help is always just a phone call away.
Tel: 0800 5 677677
"Foster carers and children are well supported by enthusiastic support workers and have easy access to therapeutic support"
24/7 Phone Support
You will have 24/7 phone support with management response in crisis emergencies.
Whatever the situation or issue, all our foster carers know they have social worker support on the end of the phone when they need it.
These measures are in place to support you and the young person in your care.
Supervising Social Worker
Your supervising social worker (SSW) is your main point of contact in the fostering team.
Every family is allocated with a fully qualified supervising social worker to provide direct support and supervision. Your SSW visits you regularly and usually has weekly phone contact, even if it’s just to say hello and see how you’re doing.
SSW’s will accompany you to many professional meetings, complete annual reviews and training plans for you, and guide you through the challenges of being a foster carer. Their role is to protect and support you on your fostering journey.
Foster Care Support Workers
Children’s activities, sessional work and consultations are all organised by our support services team, who work with birth children as well as children in foster care.
They organise 15-20 activities a year for our young people including a PGL summer residential trip. Activities usually take place during school holidays and we normally go away for most of the day.
Our fosters carers have access to specialist support from our team of in-house therapeutic practitioners.
Their role is to focus on the specific needs of your young person and how they can best support you to meet those needs.
Children benefit most from therapeutically-informed care. Our therapists train and support foster carers and staff to deliver this care and maintain the highest standards.
We provide an extensive training programme covering a range of topics relevant to the fostering role. Some of these are delivered by our in-house therapists, who you will be familiar with on a first-name basis.
You also have the option of completing a level 3 and level 5 Diploma in the Children’s and Young People’s Workforce which is fully funded.
Foster Support Groups
Foster carer support groups (we call them pods) are held regularly throughout the year.
Many of our most experienced foster carers attend these groups and testify to the value they have provided over the years.
Foster Carer Reps
Our foster carer reps are regionally based and never far away. If you’d like more than a chat on the phone, they will often get out for some coffee and cake.