Children with Disabilities Specialist Solo placement Scheme
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 with complex disabilities/needs. e.g. health workers, education workers, social workers, care workers.
Could you use the skills gained in a previous career to change direction and become a Solo placement foster carer for a child with a disability and/or medical condition?
Warwickshire Fostering Service has developed a Solo placement scheme specifically for children with complex disabilities / needs. 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 or may otherwise need to be in residential care who with the right matched placement could live within a local foster family.
Warwickshire Fostering Service is at the centre of identifying carers who could meet these children’s needs.
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 when they are placed. Many of our young people are also in receipt of Disability Living Allowance (DLA) or Personal Independence Payment (PIP) or be likely to be eligible for this.
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.
Support to apply for an grant to adapt properties in order to meet the needs of the child.
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 under the age of 10 years.
Be willing to be involved in training and preparation which leads to being approved as a foster carer for a Solo foster placement.
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.
Additional Information & How to Apply
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:
Calling freephone 0800 408 1556
Or Text: 07950 081082 for a call back
Or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Or follow the link to the enquiry form on our web page at www.warwickshire.gov.uk/fostering
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.