What is Community Fostering?
Community Fostering’s focus is to support children to remain living within their home and family environment, reducing the risk of becoming accommodated in local authority care and preventing family breakdowns.
Responding in a flexible and family friendly way to the difficulties that many families experience community fostering offers something different; experienced Community Foster Carers working alongside children and families to:
- Prevent children coming into care and remain at home.
- Support families in crisis who may need help for a time.
- Undertake direct work with children and their families within the home and local community.
- Engaging with all professionals involved to achieve the outcomes identified for the child/children.
Community Foster Carers can support parents to access community services, sure start and parenting programmes and work closely with other agencies to support parents and share information.
It provides assistance to families and children with preventative and supportive measures.
Community Fostering is a useful addition to the range of services now on offer in family support sectors and promotes effective working between children, families and Social Work Team.
Is Community Fostering for you?
Sometimes families need extra support to help them deal with certain behaviours or difficult times. Community Foster Carers assist families over a 12 week period offering practical, short term, task focused support.
You would work alongside young people as befrienders and mentors offering positive life experiences and enable support with specific difficulties such as school, exclusion, drug use, offending or third party abuse.
Support parents develop routines and boundaries, provide strategies to manage difficult behaviours.
If you have a range of skills and experience of working with children, and want to develop innovative and new ways to support young people and families then Community Fostering could be for you.
Community Foster carers are able to liaise closely with the child’s social worker and Fostering Social Worker to ensure that they understand their Community Fostering role and the process.
Do you have time to dedicate to others; working flexible hours around your own commitments?
What support will you receive?
Community Foster carers have access to specific training, information and resources regarding Safeguarding themselves and children in the community.
We recognise that good links between services are important and promote these through joint multi-agency training, buddy system and shadowing opportunities, and specific support from Fostering and Out of Hours Team.
- It is important to note that you do not work in isolation, but as part of a wider team supporting the family.
- You will play an important part in allowing a child’s voice to be heard in the decisions made about them.
- It is an opportunity to develop new skills and access a range of multi-agency training and learning.