Parent and Child Assessment Foster Carer
We are looking for active, dynamic carers who are willing to work with the service to provide a secure home environment where a parent has the opportunity to demonstrate whether or not they can care for their child in the community.
Specialist Parent and Child Foster placements is a pilot project that will enable a parent (s) to care for their child in a foster home, rather than having to be assessed in a residential assessment unit or with independent foster carers who may live some distance from the parent and child’s own community.
The Specialist Parent and Child Foster Carer project is currently looking to recruit 5 foster families who can meet the needs of these placements.
The benefits of being a carer in this scheme:
- You will contribute to the safeguarding and long term welfare of a child, potentially helping a parent and child move back into the community.
- You will be paid a weekly fee of £527.87 and relevant allowances for a period of 12 weeks when the parent and child will be in placement.
- You will have the support of a dedicated fostering social worker and social care worker.
- You will have the support of a team of professionals who are working with the parent and their child in your home and who can offer you one to one advice and support if needed.
- You will have access to a specialist training programme, some of which will commence during your assessment period.
- You will have access to 24 hour support when the offices are closed via the foster care support line and Emergency Duty Team.
- The primary carer will need to be at home and not working
- There can be no other children looked after in the home and if you have your own children living in the home they need to be aged 7 years or older.
- The foster carers will need adequate accommodation for the parent and child to have their own room or share a room (as appropriate) but also be able to accommodate the child in the carers bedroom where safeguarding requires this.
- To work to Child Protection Plans and Care Plans as outlined for the Court
- To work as part of a multi-agency team including health, education and specialist support services.
- To demonstrate a commitment to ongoing training and evidence previous relevant training undertaken and to complete core training pertaining to specialist care and the Training Support and Development Standards (TSD). If you are a couple both carers to need to commit to attend training to develop skills and knowledge in order to ensure consistency of approach.
- To commit to regular and comprehensive support (including formal supervision), reflective practice and peer support networks.
- To have reliable and accepting personal support networks.
- To provide written reports, attend and contribute at meetings as required.
- To comply with Fostering Standards and Regulations and Departmental Guidance and Procedures.
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:
• Telephone: 01926 746956
• Or Text: FOSTERING to 07950081082 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 scheme is not for you, please look at WCC web pages for further fostering opportunities.