As a foster carer for Worcestershire County Council you can expect:
- To be the first pool of carers considered for foster children
- Regular placements
- Fees and generous allowances paid
- ‘Retainer’ payments when vacant
- 24/7 emergency support
- Respite as required
- Excellent training and personal development opportunities
- Regular one-to-one’s with a dedicated fostering social worker
- Specialist education and health support
- Concessionary leisure passes
- Strong support network
In addition to the support you will receive from your fostering social worker, a child in placement will also have their own social worker to assist you in caring for that child. Outside of normal office hours you will still be able to access the support from a duty social worker.
Despite the extensive level of professional support we also acknowledge the importance of contact with colleagues doing the same job. This provides the potential for developing friendships, and mutual support by sharing experiences and methods of managing different situations. Foster carers meetings and networks also ensure that carers are kept in touch with developments in Worcestershire and nationally in relation to foster care.
We therefore also provide:
- Foster carers support group meetings in your local area
- Linking up with an experienced carer when you start fostering
- Membership of ‘Fostering Network’ (a national organisation promoting fostering). This is paid for by Worcestershire and entitles you to a quarterly magazine, free information and legal advice
- ‘togethernews’ – Worcestershire’s quarterly fostering newsletter keeping carers informed of training opportunities, what’s going on in the fostering service and wider issues
- Social events and ‘fun days’ for both carers and the whole family
- Quarterly foster carer forum – an opportunity for all carers to meet with senior managers from Children’s Social Care
Training and development of our foster carers is an important priority for us, as we believe this is important to ensure the best care for the children, and for the carers, in the demanding task of looking after someone else’s child. Applicants will be required to complete some of the training during the assessment process (before approval) and a varied programme of training is also available for approved foster carers to ensure their ongoing personal development.