The benefits of fostering with Blackpool Council
Here at Blackpool Council we are ready to hear from anyone who is interested in fostering, whether it's the very first time you've thought it about it or the hundredth. Many children require stable, loving families - we are looking to recruit more more foster carers in 2017 than ever before, are you ready for the challenge?
We are looking for fostering families from all walks of life and welcome single applicants, couples, families with our without children in the household, LGBT foster carers and those whose children are now grown up and have left the family home. A spare room is a necessity and childcare experience would be preferred. Learn more about who can foster.
From short breaks / emergency placements to long term and mother and child arrangements - there are many fostering types to suit different people and skill sets.
Why Blackpool Council?
Fostering is a big commitment and the support available reflects the task. We want our foster carers to enjoy fostering and be equipped to do well.
As a Blackpool foster carer you will be part of a supportive community, entitled to the following benefits:
- You are given generous allowances that cover all the costs of caring for any child you have in placement. Blackpool Council operates a payment for skills scheme, this will be explained to you when you enquire
- Dedicated social work support - all fostered children have a dedicated social worker and every foster family has their own supervising worker too. We have a duty system in place to ensure that you are able to speak to someone over the telephone 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
- We provide all the equipment you’ll need if you don’t have it already, such as beds, bedroom furniture, car seats, prams and stair gates for example
- Training opportunities - foster carers are also offered an excellent training package and we are keen to support carers to progress and gain professional qualifications i.e. NVQ Level 3 Health and Social Care
- Social opportunities such as support groups, coffee mornings and other events and fun activities for all carers and their families are held
- Every year we hold a big celebration for children in care and recent care leavers, ensuring that all their achievements are formally recognised, at a fun, child- centred event
- Our foster carer forums are held once every quarter. These are meetings where foster carers, social workers and senior management sit round a table to discuss things we can do to make our service even better
Ready to take the next step?
From answering a simple question, sending out further information packs, or inviting you to one of our informal open events ...whatever stage you are at in the process we are happy to help where we can.
If you have the energy, time and the dedication to help make a difference to a child's life take the first step and request an information pack / get in touch today.