Foster Carers

Location
Any location within the Walsall Borough.
Salary
See advert details.
Posted
23 May 2018
Closes
31 Mar 2019
Job Ref
WALS000003574
Job Type
Childcare
Contract Type
Casual
Working Pattern
Casual

Foster Carer
Reference Number: WALS000002752
Contract Type: Casual
Working Pattern: Casual

Payments: variable dependant on circumstances (example below)

Would you be interested in a role with many challenges and great rewards? A role that could change lives for the better? Could you look after a child in your own home?

You will need to have a spare room, patience, warmth, understanding and a willingness to be there for a child who may be going through a difficult time.

Foster carers come from all walks of life, all social backgrounds, all ethnic backgrounds and a range of age groups. Ideally, you need to be at least 21 to be a foster carer, but there is no upper age limit.

Foster carers can be working or non-working. Some already have a family; others don’t have children of their own. Single people and couples can apply.

Although a spare bedroom is needed for every child fostered, carers can live in large detached houses or two-bedroomed flats. They can be homeowners or in rented housing.

Walsall Council values the commitment of our foster carers and offer a range of support including comprehensive training courses as part of your professional development, emotional support, the chance to network and socialise with other carers and a competitive financial package.  We can also offer new foster carers additional support from our ‘Mockingbird Fostering Programme’, which brings together new and experienced foster carers in a supportive group, offering training, social activities and planned sleepover care within the Mockingbird group fostering families.

The approval process will include a medical, DBS check, training and an assessment.
It is a role that takes courage and hard work at times but it also offers many rewards and importantly helps change children’s lives.

A typical weekly payment to a new foster carer, caring for 2 children is as follows:-
Household Fee: £300.00
Fostering allowance 4 year old £135.00
Fostering allowance 7 year old £150.00
Total per week £585.00

Please note that this is just an example, the amount paid varies according to a number of factors which are reviewed regularly and may change. Payments are calculated according to national guidelines.

For more details contact:
Liz Heywood , Walsall Fostering Service
Telephone 0800 923 3706
Email fosteringinwalsall@walsall.gov.uk
Website www.fosteringinwalsall.co.uk

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