We know the huge difference you will make as a foster carer and offer a comprehensive support package to help you become the best foster carer you can be – this helps us to make sure all fostering placements are successful for the children you will care for. As our fostering experts like to say, you won’t go it alone when you foster children with us.
The best way to develop your skills and increase your allowance is through our excellent training programme, which includes the compulsory Skills to Foster course and an array of exciting development opportunities, including safeguarding children, talking sex and relationships with young people and tax and benefits workshops to name but a few. You can find out more by viewing our fostering and adoption training plan for 2017.
As part of your training and support, you will be invited to our regular fostering information sessions, where our experts and experienced foster carers give presentations and answer any questions that you have, but please remember that the only silly question is the one that you didn’t ask!
Fostering will be possibly the most rewarding thing that you do with your life, but we also appreciate that there will be challenges and demands on you and your family and sometimes you will need a few hours, days or weeks to take a break from fostering to recharge your batteries. We have short term respite foster carers on hand to care for your foster child while you enjoy a well-earned break.
There are placement support workers on hand to provide a range of additional support to foster carers and looked after children.
Looked after children’s nurses ensure your foster child’s health needs are taken care of, offering advice and signposting you to specialist health support.
Sefton’s specialist education team will liaise with your foster child’s school and provide one-to-one learning where need is identified. There is also Sefton’s Virtual School for looked after children, who work with education settings and foster families to make sure children are getting the most from their education.
If you’re thinking of fostering, give us a
call or use our simple enquiry form.
0800 923 2777