Being a foster carer is one of the most fulfilling things you can do. You provide much-needed love and support to young people in difficult situations, and to make the most impact, you need the right support.
We never expect foster carers to cope alone, which is why we always emphasise that we’re with you every step of the way.
Buddy & mentoring
We organise a buddy and mentor scheme that gives new foster carers individual support from more experienced foster carers. We arrange for all our experienced foster carers to be trained in mentoring, and help you attain nationally recognised qualifications in the subject. The scheme is often the start of long-lasting friendships.
Social worker support
Once you’re approved as a foster carer, you’ll be assigned a supervising social worker who will be your first port of call for guidance, advice and reassurance. They will play a vital role in matching you with a child and supporting you throughout the placement.
You’ll also be able to contact a senior social worker 24 hours a day, 365 days a year – we’re only ever a phone call away. If you have a problem in your personal life or with a child in care, we’ll be there to offer help. For example, if you’re having trouble getting a child to sleep at bedtime, a support worker can come and help you in your home.
We give you 2 weeks of paid respite each year and can arrange regular breaks at other times.
The foster carers’ forum is held every month. It’s an opportunity for foster carers to meet up, discuss fostering issues and learn from each other’s experiences. The forum also plays a key role in organising regular group activities we hold for our foster carers and the children in their care.
As a foster carer, you’re doing vital work – and we recognise this with generous reward payments. To learn more about what you earn as a foster carer, download our free Guide to What Foster Carers Are Paid.