Support for foster carers

1. Overview

Being a foster carer is ever more seen as a professional career choice. Children who need to be fostered often have complex family histories. They require foster carers who are highly skilled to meet their needs. It is therefore essential that foster carers receive regular training opportunities and adequate support and financial allowances. This is to enable them to carry out this challenging and vital role.

If you decide to become a foster carer there is lots of support available and a range of practical benefits and support packages. These include:

  • a generous financial allowance which will depend on your skill level and the age of the child you are fostering
  • a comprehensive training programme including the ‘Skills to Foster’ course and ongoing professional development opportunities
  • a social worker specifically allocated to you. You can expect to receive regular meetings which are a chance for you to talk through any problems and share information about children in your care
  • support groups for you and your family

Staying local also includes additional benefits such as:

  • lower travelling distances, for example to school, meetings and contact with their birth families
  • links with Children’s Centres, schools and other professional services
  • the benefit of our knowledge and experience as our teams have often been working with the child’s families for a long time. We know the children in our care really well. It helps us to match children with the carers who are most suitable for them and their circumstances. This also means we can support you to get to know them and their background quickly and help them settle in

The service provides to all foster carers the Fostering Service Statement of Purpose (PDF 252Kb). It details the principles, values, aims and objectives of the Fostering Service.