Being an FP2 Carer
So what happens once you’re approved? Becoming a foster carer means being involved in many aspects of caring for a child; it also means being provided with the help and support you need.
What support will you receive?
In return for foster carers’ commitment, reliability, persistence and imaginative response to problems, carers will receive a generous allowance, be treated with respect and be included as a full member of the team providing support to the child. The package provided includes:
- Fees and expenses that reflect the nature and task of fostering
- Weekly allowance for child 0-8 yrs, £371. For a child over 9 yrs £420.
- Annual holiday allowance.
- Additional travel expenses.
- Regular individual supervision/support sessions
- Monthly support group meetings.
- Ongoing programme of training and self-development for carers.
- Access to 24 hour support.
- Membership of the FosterTalk.
- Employers’ liability insurance.
- Access to a range of expert advice and input as necessary.
You will be included in the regular planning meetings held for the child or young person, thus ensuring a common understanding regarding progress, behavioral management and required actions.
Supervision is another important aspect of the relationship between you and your allocated supervising social worker and is a new and much encouraged component of the Code of Practice in Foster Care. This helps formalise the home visits that you have with your social worker and will ensure that relevant information in respect of you, your household and young people in placement will be covered and recorded. Your social worker will visit every three weeks (in the early stages of placement visits will be weekly). In addition, telephone contact will take place on a weekly basis. In accordance with the regulations, your supervising social worker will also conduct at least one unanounced visit to all carers each year.
These are not optional and are for every carer’s benefit. Carers are expected to attend at least 80% of the group meetings. The aim of the group is as follows:
- Mutual support and a good working relationship between foster carers/staff.
- To continue to develop the fostering service to provide the best possible service to young people, foster carers and local authorities
- To provide training opportunities and to identify future training needs.
- To share problems and to try to identify solutions.
- To provide opportunities to share and obtain information.
- To provide opportunities to get to know other carers and form supportive relationships
We take fostering seriously.
As you will see, FP2 take their commitment towards providing support, advice and information to you very seriously. We also recognise that the most effective way to retain our carers is to try to meet your needs directly, or to enable you to identify it elsewhere, i.e. via vocational NVQ training.
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We contacted FP2 in early 2012 to enquire about becoming Foster Carers. Since that first phone call we have been very impressed with their level of professionalism and efficiency. We were led step by step through the evaluation and approval process up to going to panel. if we had any difficult questions they were answered with dignity and a non-judgemental attitude. Since being approved we have continued to find FP2 a pleasure to work with.Della
Working with FP2 has been great, all the way through our application to approval to placement..ourKara
supporting social working has been amazing and so has everyone else in the team. They are on-hand 24/7 for any questions, problems or emergencies and
always go beyond our expectations and as a result we feel confident and supported in our role as foster carers.
“Since being approved in June 2012 we have received high quality, professional and extensive support available on 24 hour basis from FP2. We were allocated a Supervising Social Worker at the beginning, who remained with us throughout the application and approval process which has been great for building working relationships. FP2 offer an excellent and progressive training programme so we can become the best foster carers we can be and our monthly supervision sessions have identified individual training courses that lead to recognised qualifications. We have found the support groups extremely helpful as they enable us all to share our experiences and learn from each other, we love being part of the ever growing family that is FP2’Jan
Being a Foster Carer for Fostering People Too. There are highs and lows, it is testing, frustrating, challenging but above all rewarding, when you watch a child placed in your care, blossom into the children that they deserve to be. Working for the Agency with their generous never ending support, all of the above are celebrated or we are encouraged to push on and face the never ending challenges that come our way, especially when the going gets tough. Tomorrow is always another day. The on going support groups and training sessions are invaluable and help us to understand the children placed in our care and where they have come from. The friendships that are formed with other Carers, bonded together by one goal, The Children.Denise
Fostering People Too are so supportive of both carers and children they place that it is like we are all part of one big family 🙂 They go the extra mile and nothing is too much trouble, whatever time of day or night. It’s wonderful to have a SSW who anticipates what I and my family need before I do!Barbara