Warwickshire County Council fostering team is looking for people to be specialist Solo foster carers.
Solo fostering helps young people return to living in a family environment following a stay in residential care and can also prevent young people from staying in residential care by finding Warwickshire foster carers so they are close to their family and friends.
Warwickshire County Council single solo foster carer, Julie*, said: “Solo fostering can be challenging as John* does have a lot of things going on for him; however, the support I get from the fostering team and other professionals supports me to manage him well. I have weekly visits from the fostering team and regular monthly meetings with everyone including the school and his Social Worker and it is very supportive.”
Due to their background, the needs of these young people may be higher, therefore, as a solo foster carer you will be asked to care for one young person at a time. You will have access to 24/7 support from a social worker or out of hours support through our emergency duty team along with ongoing support from a psychologist.
Warwickshire County Council solo foster carers are paid an annual salary of over £2,000 per month, plus additional allowances and 2 weeks of paid annual leave. You will have access to specialist training and development, providing you with the tools required to care for these children.
Councillor Jeff Morgan, portfolio holder for Children’s Services added: “Supporting our children is a key priority for Warwickshire County Council and the role of solo foster carers is instrumental in keeping our children looked after within Warwickshire, close to their familiar surroundings and in a family environment.
“Our Solo scheme offers an annual salary and ongoing support, making this an exciting opportunity for anybody interested in fostering and looking for a career change. You will receive training and support throughout the process, so get in touch today for a chat.”
If you or someone you know is looking for a career change, could you foster for Warwickshire? Find out more today www.warwickshire.gov.uk/fostering or call 0800 408 1556