Fostering Support

How we support you...

Our foster carers play a vital role in the lives of children and young people and we’ll make sure you get all the support you need to do this important job, as well as providing regular news updates, events and training opportunities.

 

Your supervising social worker is your main contact and support, keeping in regular contact by phone and making at least one home visit each month – and more if you need it. We review things every three months to make sure you are fully supported and have an organised and regular opportunity to address any issues or concerns. 

Supervising social workers will also help you to write reports and deal with other people who are involved in the care of your foster child, get the right training and review your development as a foster carer.

 

Once approved as a foster carer, you will be asked to complete the Children’s Workforce Development Council Induction Standards – we will help you to do this. We’ll also ask you to attend training to learn about various aspects of caring for children. You must attend all relevant training to remain a registered foster carer with Blackburn with Darwen Council.

There are also opportunities to gain higher qualifications such as the NVQ Level 3 in Childcare. We will pay for your travel and fees so you can attend these courses.

 

All carers are also supported by the Blackburn with Darwen Foster Carers Association. Please visit their website for more information: www.bwdfca.co.uk 

The service has also developed a new 11+ strategy to support foster carers and young people. The short video below talks about this support strategy.

 

Allowances

You will be paid weekly foster carer allowances in line with the Council’s payment for skills structure, with the opportunity to progress with further training. We will consider existing skills and qualifications in childcare at the assessment stage and the NVQ qualification can be taken after a year of fostering experience. We provide any initial and necessary equipment for the foster child and also pay annual holiday, birthday and Christmas allowances for each child in foster care, as well as other expenses.

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