Support for Foster Carers
Support for foster carers is a vital part of successful fostering, and we take it seriously.
Here you can read all about the support we offer.
We know 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 give our foster carers. 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 be on-hand to provide the support you need. Whether it’s meeting with our in-house therapists or administration support, help is always just a phone call away.
The main areas of foster carer support we offer at Family Care are detailed below.
"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 access to a member of staff for any emergencies.
Whatever the situation or issue, all our foster carers know they have 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 it is unusual not to have phone contact with them during the week, even if it’s just to say hello.
SSW’s will accompany you to professional meetings, complete annual reviews and advocate for your best interests. Their role is to support and guide 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.
Led by a team leader with 2 regional support workers, we 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.
You’ll receive support directly from our in-house therapists. They will be focussing on the specific needs of your young person and how they can best support you to meet those needs.
Our logic is that children will benefit more from the foster family providing 24/7 therapeutically-informed care, as opposed to having a weekly 1-hour session with a therapist.
We provide an extensive training programme covering a range of topics relevant to the fostering role. Many of these training sessions are delivered by our in-house therapists who you’ll be familiar with on a first-name basis.
You also have the option of completing a level 3 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 and we strongly encourage attendance.
Many of our 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.