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What support will I receive?

What support will I receive

You will not be fostering on your own – as a minimum
you can expect:

  • Your own supervising social worker, to advise and support your family
  • A resource worker, who can offer lots of practical support
  • Access to our mentor scheme and support from our existing experienced foster carers
  • 24 hour on call support
  • Training opportunities, before and after approval as a foster carer, including attachment and self-regulation training to develop your therapeutic parenting skills
  • A weekly fee for your work as a carer
  • Festival and birthday allowances for each child in placement
  • A weekly allowance (based on the Fostering Network allowances), to meet the costs of caring for the child(ren)
  • Membership of the Fostering Network(tFN), which gives access to independent advice and legal support, if required
  • Access to regional support groups with other foster carers
  •  Children Who Foster(CWF) support and activity groups for your children

However in addition if specific needs are identified for the child(ren) then additional supports can be accessed such as:

  • Support and guidance from specialist practitioners, such as therapists and education workers
  • Paid breaks ( respite)
  • Therapy assessments and direct therapy for children
  • Life Story work for children
  • Group work for children
  • 1-1 support for children
  • Accredited awards, such as Dynamic Youth, Level 1 Sports Leader, Youth Achievement Bronze and the John Muir Trust Discovery Award.

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