Are you an experienced foster carer looking to transfer?
If you are thinking about transferring to Blackpool Council as many carers are doing, we will support you every step of the way.
If you choose to transfer, we'll seek to make the transfer as smooth as possible.
Benefits of fostering for Blackpool Council
Blackpool Council always seek to place our children with our own local authority foster carers wherever possible because it is often best for children to live locally to their families, friends and schools. So by fostering for us, you are more likely to have regular, longer term placements as we have children of all ages needing homes.
We approve all of our carers for children from birth to 18 years and for a maximum of 3 children to allow flexibility (depending on the number of spare bedrooms in your home).
We are also keen to hear from experienced carers who may be interested in offering child and parent placements.
Pay and support
- We pay competitive rates and offer excellent support and training to enable you to do the job to the best of your ability
- Our foster carers have access to a locally based support team, their own social worker and a support worker to offer advice, support and guidance. We run local weekly support groups, fostering forums and regular social events
- We provide out of hours support and a dedicated helpline staffed by experienced social workers
- Training is flexible to meet your needs. We offer a wide range of training courses, including a number of multi-agency courses with health, education and police. You will have a personalised professional development plan to address your training need and to help you meet the needs of any child you are caring for
If you are interested in discussing transferring further call the fostering team on 01253 477888 and they will advise you of the next steps.
Here is what one of our transferring foster carers said about their recent experience of transferring to us;
“Transferring to Blackpool Council has been a fantastic experience for us. Since we started fostering for Blackpool we have always had children placed with us and have never had any long gaps between. We now care for 3 local children long-term, which has made things so much easier taking them to school and helping them keep in contact with their families.
We use to spend so much time in the car and now we get to spend much more time as a family doing fun things! The support from the team has been second to none and as well as being able to go to weekly support meetings 5 minutes from our home, we have also made loads of new friends through fostering.
Training is great and we frequently train alongside child protection professionals, health, education and police which has been very interesting. Transferring over is really easy so ring the team today and they will explain everything."
(Mr & Mrs S)
Fostering Network transfer protocol [PDF 68KB]