When you choose to foster with us, you'll be allocated a dedicated social worker who'll offer you ongoing support and advice. You'll receive exceptional training, payment for your skills and opportunities to attend local support groups and social events.
You will benefit from:
- regular monthly supervision with your supervising social worker
- an annual review to identify your progress, training and development needs
- local support groups where you can meet with other foster carers to share experiences and support each other
- a duty system run by your area fostering team, available between 9.30am to 5.30pm Monday to Friday
- an out of hours support line available from 5.30pm to 11pm Monday to Sunday, staffed by social workers in the fostering team
- an out of hours emergency safeguarding service.
The training, support and development standards set out what you should know and be able to do within the first 12 to 18 months of your time as a foster carer. You'll also receive our excellent foster carer support offer and learning and development offer. Most of our training courses take place at our offices in either Stevenage or Apsley, near Hemel Hempstead.
Pay and allowances
In your role as a foster carer, you'll be paid a weekly payment for your skills, plus a weekly allowance for each child you look after. To help cover the costs involved in looking after a child, you'll also receive:
- generous mileage allowance
- setting up fee for furniture and equipment
- 2 weeks additional summer payments
- holiday and birthday allowance
- initial clothing and school uniform allowance
- festivities allowance.
There are regular opportunities to meet other foster carers and children at our social events. We hold various events throughout the year to celebrate the achievements of our foster carers and children in care, as well as to provide important social opportunities for carers and children to spend time together.
New Family Social (LGBT network)
We're pleased to be a member of the New Family Social, a UK network of LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) adoptive and foster families. Register to access their forums and areas for members.
The Fostering Network
As an approved foster carer, you'll become a member of The Fostering Network - a national organisation who can provide you with:
- additional advice and information
- access to an online community
- updates on events
- regular magazines
- discounts on publications
- helpline support.
If you'd like to find out more, please get in touch with our fostering recruitment team on:
0800 917 0925