There are 30 children or young people currently living in residential care away from their friends and family in Warwickshire. They may have experienced multiple placement breakdowns or suffered abuse or neglect, and are therefore vulnerable and may have emotional or behavioural difficulties.
In order to support these young people to move into a caring, supportive family home in Warwickshire, Warwickshire Fostering Service are looking for foster carers who could provide a high level of care, attention and supervision as part of the solo placement scheme.
We are looking for local people who want to make a difference to a young person’s life. We need people with the time and commitment to meet the individual needs of a young person and have experience of working with or caring for challenging young people with a wide range of behaviours.
We are looking for carers who have no children under 18 years old in the home and are not in any other employment to enable them to meet the needs of the young person. As a foster carer you will receive support from a dedicated Fostering Social Worker and Social Care Worker as well as weekly support groups. Carers will also attend regular professional meetings, receive a bespoke training package and have access to 24 hour support.
Fostering Operations Manager, Tracy Avill from Warwickshire Fostering Service said “We currently have 3 foster carers on the solo placement scheme and all young people placed within the scheme have settled well. We are now looking for more solo foster carers in Warwickshire to give our young people in care a family home.”
As Anita a foster carer on the scheme explains: “Solo fostering has been a journey for me in terms of learning about the attachment needs of the young person I care for. Although there have been many challenges along the way, it has been fantastic to see Jess flourishing within a family environment and able to maintain a full-time education. It is the best thing I have ever done to enable Jess to leave residential care and have the opportunity of a family life.”
If you feel that this is something you could offer, or are not sure whether you have the right experience, please give the fostering service a call on Freephone 0800 408 1556 and speak to one of the social workers on the solo scheme who would happily talk through any questions you may have.
To read about Anita’s experiences of solo fostering visit our fostering website www.warwickshire.gov.uk/fostering. To view a video about Lorna one of our solo foster carers visit www.warwickshire.gov.uk/solofostering