Information For Existing Foster Carers

 We want fostering placemeFostering info sessionnts to be successful for you and the children placed with you. To help ensure this. One of the most  important aspects is that you feel well supported and equipped to do the job.

The Statement Of Purpose

The Statement of Purpose sets out the aims, objectives, values and principles of Sefton Council Fostering Service. It also describes how it will be achieved. By working together with carers, children, young people, parents and partnership agencies.

National Minimum Standards

The national minimum standards, together with regulations on the placement of children in foster care. Such as the Fostering Services (England) Regulations 2011. Form the basis of the regulatory framework for the conduct of fostering services.

The standards are issued for use by Ofsted. Who take them into account accordingly in the inspection of fostering services.

Fostering Service Annual Report 2016 – 2017

The report provides information about the progress and developments in the service for this period and the related outcomes for the children and young people looked after by Sefton.

Training Programme

Training is as equally important as the support you receive. Therefore our comprehensive training programme will be a vital to emphasize the skills you already have. View the training plan to see which development opportunities are especially relevant to you.

Foster Talk

In addition to the above as a carer with Sefton. You will benefit from complimentary membership to Foster Talk. An independent organisation providing specialist support services to carers. As such you will have access to one of the most comprehensive support packages available.

Emergency Duty Team

Outside of normal office hours any concerns or emergencies relating to a child in your care. Or to report a child missing, call the Emergency Duty Team on 0151 934 8234.

Support Groups

As well as the support you receive from your supervising social worker. Equally important is the support you can get from other foster carers. For this reason the group provides excellent opportunities for carers to share their experiences.

Free early Learning and childcare for two year olds.

Have a look at Sefton’s two year old offer to find out how children over two can get free access to nearby early learning and childcare support. All looked after children qualify for the additional hours.

Recommend fostering to a friend

Foster carers are the best advocates for fostering. Therefore if you know someone who is thinking of fostering or looking to transfer agencies. If you recommend them provided that they are approved. You will receive £150 as a thank you. To refer someone please speak with your supervising social worker.