Support and training for foster carers
You will have access to advice and specialist support from health, education and other professionals. Your Social Worker will help you identify any information, skills or support that you require to care for a child.
If you are concerned about a child in your placement you can get help and advice from one of the Buckinghamshire Children and Adolescents Mental Health Service (CAMHS) teams. They can offer advice about how to respond to the child's behaviours or arrange an appointment to help you understand the child's difficulties. As well as supporting the child in your care, the CAMHS team also offer support to you as the carer if you are experiencing challenges with a child in your care.
We run regular support groups for our foster carers in Aylesbury and South Bucks. Our foster carers find these to be very helpful as they are able to meet other carers in their local area.
We also have specific support groups for those fostering teenagers and for new carers.
We are committed to ensuring you receive regular, high quality training to help you in your role as foster carer.
Your social worker will work closely with you to recommend the right courses. We ask that our foster carers attend or complete at least 2 training opportunities a year. Should you complete more than 5 sessions or more, you will receive a one off payment.
In addition, if you complete a programme of training courses, you will also receive a payment.
We provide 24 hours support, through our out of hours service.
To reach this service, please call 0800 999 7677.
You will have instant access to professionals who will be able to work with you to try and resolve the problem.
We pay subscription costs for all our foster carers to be members of the Fostering Network. This gives you access to personal and professional development. Fostering Network is the leading fostering charity in the country.
Visit their website for more information. www.thefosteringnetwork.org.uk
We understand that fostering doesn’t only involve the adults, but the whole family. As a result, we have developed the Sons and Daughters group. This provides an activity-based support group for young people whose parents foster. This gives them a chance to take part in activities and meet others with similar experiences. The group is a fun and informative way for young people to come together during the school holidays.
We will supply you with all the essential equipment you need to carry out your role. This will be age appropriate equipment such as stair gates, car seats, etc.
You will receive a regular newsletter that will keep you informed and help you with your fostering role.
Each year we hold a Dinner and Awards Evening. This is to recognise the fantastic contribution and outstanding work carried out by our foster carers. It’s also our way of saying thank you to all our dedicated carers, who do such a phenomenal job, looking after Buckinghamshire’s Children.
We also take this opportunity to recognise the long term service from our carers who have been with us for many years!
How to contact
If you are interested in fostering, please get in touch.