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Support

Sure Start Fostering realises that the quality of our support has an effect on the quality of care our carers can provide.

We Aim to

  • Provide you with new skills through training, learning and ongoing professional development.
  • Provide you with continuous support from our experienced staff team, whilst fostering.
  • Support your own personal development and training needs.
  • Maintain a comprehensive out of hours service.
  • Provide regular support groups where you can discuss with other carers, any challenges you are experiencing.
  • Provide guidance and updates on any legislation that you need to be aware of.
  • Regular structured supervision from our qualified social worker.
  • Frequent visits (4 or more if required) from your Supervising Social Worker.
  • 24/7 support from staff who get to know you, your family and the young people you are looking after.
  • A regular programme of training with each foster carer having their own individual training development plan.
  • Access to additional resources to support any child and you in placement including therapy.
  • Support from supervising social worker in obtaining and sustaining education provision.
  • Weekly generous Fostering allowance.
  • Regular Social events including exciting days out, family fun days, festive parties throughout the year.
  • Regular advice around the Covid Pandemic and any upcoming changes around Covid Guidelines by the Government.
  • Monthly/Quarterly Fostering Bulletin

Training & Professional development

Initially, we will help you make the right decisions about fostering, from the types of fostering you may be suitable for, through to whether fostering is actually right for you, your home and those already in your life.

We understand that fostering can be a daunting prospect when you’re first considering the options and starting out. This is why we place great emphasis on helping you through this time, providing you with the information and support you need to make informed choices. Becoming a foster carer is a life-changing decision and we need to make sure you understand what is expected in your new role.

Once you have been approved and have started fostering, your supervising social worker will visit you at least once a month – more often if needed – to discuss your foster placement and any extra support you may need. They will also call each week to ask how things are going and offer any guidance. And if you should be going through a difficult time (as will happen in fostering), they will be with you every step of the way.

Before becoming an approved foster carer, you will attend a number of training workshops, as well as our ‘Skills to Foster’ course. You will also be in regular contact with one of our assessing social workers, who will guide and advise you, and generally prepare you for the task of fostering.

The ‘Skills to Foster’ course is one of the primary training exercises you will complete in becoming an approved foster carer. The programme focuses on practical day-to-day skills and links into the Training, Support and Development Standards, other professional development qualifications and the competency-based assessment process.

As part of your pre-approval training, you will also be required to attend several training workshops, which can cover areas such as attachment, allegations and safe caring.

Training programmes

  • Once you become an approved foster carer, there are monthly training sessions, which include subjects on child-related matters such as child protection, recording skills and drug awareness.
  • There is also a comprehensive training programme available at SSFA, which covers all ages and aspects of fostering children and young people. Your supervising social worker will identify any training that will help you in your current placement, or will contribute to you developing a specialist role e.g. working with mothers and babies.
  • Each foster carer has a training profile, which documents all the courses attended.
  • Professional Support with completing a formal induction workbook process Training, Support & Development Standards (TSDS)
  • Access to ongoing foster carer training provided by in house and specialist external trainers
  • Access to online training- e-learning