What support is available to me when I get approved as a foster carers?

We have a great reputation for the levels and standards of support we provide are carers. See below for more information....

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How we support our Foster Carers....

  • 24-hour support available 365 days per year, from both the SSW or Manager
  • Regular participation and activity events for children, carers and birth families
  • Regular emotional support to the carer's birth children and provision of a Children's Forum
  • 12 days paid respite (holiday)
  • Continuous training and development
  • Our practice and the support we offer is informed by TCI (Therapeutic Crisis Intervention), PACE,  (Playfulness, Acceptance, Curiosity and Empathy) and therapeutic re-parenting which allows our carers to manage a wide range of complex and challenging behaviours to help vulnerable children
  • Mandatory and bespoke training packages for carers, to address children's individual needs
  • Regular carer forum, support groups and a carer mentoring scheme
  • Regular formal supervision by a qualified Supervising Social Worker
  • Promptly paid fostering allowances and fees
  • Free membership of FosterTalk which offers advice on a range of issues you may come across
  • Membership of the British Association for Adoption and Fostering (CoramBAAF) which provides legal, financial and fostering advice
  • Liaison with the child's social worker, who is the key worker with overall case management and responsibility
  • Assistance with preparing children for independent living, and assessment of skills
  • Support with Life Story work for children

INITIAL TRAINING

When you join Unity Foster Care we'll create a bespoke training package based on your needs.

ONGOING TRAINING

We provide a whole host of training throughout the year from the basics to specialist subjects. All training is bespoke to the children you are working with to ensure you get the most value from your training.

Financial Support

We want to build a community of professional and highly skilled foster carers, so that every child has the best chance of achieving their full potential.

In return for your hard work and commitment, you’ll be rewarded with a generous weekly fostering payment, plus other allowances. This weekly payment will cover the cost of the child in your care, as well as provide you with a professional fee so that you can dedicate your time to fulfilling the needs of a child in care.

This professional fee makes fostering a viable career option for anybody who wants to make a difference to a child’s life.

FAQS

 We understand you may have some questions around the process so we compiled a list of the ones we get asked on a regular basis. 

You will receive preparation and training from Unity Foster Care before any placement is made and you will be asked to consider the implications for you and your family and of any child or young person you may consider fostering.

Intensive support will be provided during the initial stages of a placement. This will reduce to monthly visits by your Supervising Social Worker only if, and when the placement is settled. However, throughout any placement, support will be available to you 24 hours a day, 7 days per week. You will also be entitled to respite support to enable you to get a break.

Unity Foster Care has an excellent reputation for offering high levels of support to its foster  carers.  As a minimum, you’ll have access to:

  • An allocated social worker who is there to support you
  • Regular supervision meetings
  • Access to a network of other foster carers
  • Regular support groups
  • Paid breaks (we call this respite)
  • Access to our 24/7 365 support network and on call social workers
  • Access to a friendly office based team who are always willing to jump in and help
  • Access to specialist advice and guidance when needed

All our carers receive a generous fostering allowance for this vital task. The level of  allowance varies depending on the needs of the young people you look after.

GET IN TOUCH

  • 0333 77 22 333

  • hello@unityfostercare.co.uk

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