Our Part of the deal
Telling it straight
At FP2 we give you an honest picture of the likely experience in caring for what will be a verg challenging and troubled child. Of course we want to encourage you as a potential foster carer, but equally we don’t want to set you up for failure.
Once we receive a telephone call from you we will arrange for you to meet one of our fostering social workers. They will be able to answer any questions that you may have as well as giving you an honest view as to whether fostering is right for you.
No hard selling
It is not in your or our interests to pressurise you into becoming a foster carer. There’s always a gap between talking about a task and actually doing it. However we can try and prepare you for the challenge ahead as best we can. At any time it is okay to say, “No, this is not for me.” We will think nothing less of you if you decide not to proceed. Better early on than after a child has been placed.
We are looking after other people’s children so it’s really important that we minimise the risks to them and ourselves. In addition we considerthe likely impact of fostering on any children of the the family as part of our assessment.
Fostering People Too, and the many other agencies and professionals that we work with, are thoroughly checked out. OFSTED completes a comprehensive inspection annually and during the year often calls unanounced, just to check that we are meeting government regulations and standards. All staff are subject to a wide range of checks and these are regularly updated
We would be happy to share with you details of the regulations and standards that we work to.
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