Solo Placement Foster Carer

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Salary
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Posted
26 Jul 2017
Closes
31 Oct 2017
Job Ref
WARW000003542
Contract Type
Permanent
Working Pattern
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Warwickshire Fostering Service is launching a new solo placement scheme.   This is in recognition that some young people need to be the only young people in placement.

We have identified some children who have been in residential care but are now ready to move on and return to live with in a family setting.   There are also some younger children who we want to prevent going into residential care. We have identified 9  children, who with the right matched placement  could live  within a foster family

Warwickshire Fostering Service is at the centre of identifying carers who could meet these children’s needs.

At the last Ofsted Inspection the fostering service was identified as good with some outstanding features.

 

We are looking to recruit foster carer households to be part of the Solo Placement Scheme.   We are particularly interested in people who have experience of working with young people e.g. youth workers, teachers, social workers, care workers.

Could you use the skills gained in a previous career to change direction and become a solo placement foster carer?

The benefits of being a carer in this scheme:

  • Planned and matched placements with an introductory period. We want you to get to know the child before committing to offering them a home.
  • Being able to focus on the needs of one young person
  • Once approved as a carer you will be paid a weekly fee of £558.94.
  •  In addition you will receive weekly fostering allowances to cover the costs of caring for the young person.   WCC pay the Fostering Network agreed rates, which for a 13 year old will be £191.84 a week
  • Specialist training programmes and a dedicated support group.
  • Support from a team of professionals including Children’s Services, Education and Health. The scheme will have  a dedicated fostering manager, social worker and social care worker
  • Access to 24 hour support when offices are closed via the foster care support line and emergency duty team.
  • Being part of a brand new scheme.

Key Requirements

To be considered for this scheme:

  • The primary carer must be at home as a full time carer with no other employment.
  • The young person must have their own room.
  • The carer should not be currently caring for any other children.
  • Be willing to be involved in training and preparation which leads to being approved as a foster carer for a solo foster placement.

Additional Information & How to Apply

This organisation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. This post is subject to an enhanced DBS disclosure.

For further information please see the attached documents including the kind of young people we are considering for the scheme (profiles) and Key responsibilities and skills required to undertake this role.

This information is the start; if you are still interested and would like to talk to a Social Worker please contact the Fostering Recruitment Team by:

The Duty Social Workers will answer any questions you have and explain the process if you wish to progress to the preparation stage.

If this new scheme is not for you, please look at WCC web pages for further fostering opportunities.