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What is fostering really like?

What kind of help will I get?

  • Becoming a foster carer is a massive responsibility and that is why we:
  • Make sure our foster carers receive support and encouragement.
  • As a foster carer, you will have a supervising social worker, who will work with you to help you learn more as you develop your fostering career.

The social worker will provide supervision and support; suggest suitable training to gain qualifications and development opportunities, to complement and develop the skills you already have.

 

Life as a foster carer is highly rewarding.  Pembrokeshire foster carers are part of a team that will support you every step of the way.

  • You can rely on support from the Family Placement Team, as well as own support network of family and friends.
  • We recognise that fostering can be difficult and demanding.
  • We view our carers as professionals who possess an ever-increasing level of skills and responsibility.
  • Our package of training assists our carers to develop to their full potential.

Support includes:-

  • A generous weekly allowance to cover the cost of looking after a child which differs according to the age of the child.
  • A designated supervising social worker to support and advise you
  • Support from a large network of fellow foster carers and the Pembrokeshire Foster Carer Association with regular foster carer events and coffee mornings
  • Membership of Foster Talk
  • Peer mentoring and regular support groups for carers to share best practice, advice and experiences
  • Extensive pre-approval training and regular training opportunities including QCF Training
  • Regular newsletters from the team
  • A carer’s handbook containing guidelines and information.
  • Out of hours social worker support
  • Discounted family Pembrokeshire Leisure Pass
  • Support group for your own children
  • Long service awards
  • Looked After Children’s Nurse
  • Looked After Children’s Teacher
  • Specialist advice and consultation from dedicated psychology service
  • Registered service with CIW
Fostering Allowance 2020-2021 per week per child by Age Range

Age Range

2020/21

0-4

£188.00

5-10

£171.00

11-15

£184.30

16+

£223.82

 

  www.facebook.com/pembsfostering

  fostering@pembrokeshire.gov.uk

  www.foster.midandwest.wales/pembrokeshire/ 

ID: 1823, revised 04/08/2020