Training, allowances and support
We believe that our support package is what makes us shine! We know the demands of caring inside out, and know that providing high levels of support enables our carers to do their job effectively.
Financial allowances. Our payments reflect how highly we consider our carers and the invaluable job they do. Overtime they will reflect your experience, skills and the needs of the child. Our social workers will discuss the payments with you in depth.
Equipment. We always ensure that our carers are fully equipped to care for a child, and we will supply you with all of the equipment that you will need. This may include; car seats, prams, bedroom furniture, bedding, stair gates and fireguards for example.
A team of fostering support workers. Our dedicated support workers can provide some practical suppport to carers and also supporting carers with advice and guidance.
Additional support . During school holidays, our support workers will assist you to identify local activities and arrange events for sons and daughters of carers.
Training and development. As a foster carer
with St.Helens Council, there are lots of opportunities for
personal and professional development. Training is tailored to your
needs and the needs of the child you are caring for.
Courses range from general safeguarding and safe care training, to specialist courses such as attachment issues, behaviour management or caring for a premature baby.
Support groups. These groups offer carers the chance to get together and socialise with other carers, discuss strategies and experiences or just spend time with like-minded people. We offer regular coffee mornings, a group for sons and daughters of foster carers, and a men's group specifically for our male carers.
A quarterly e-newsletter. Our e-newsletter keeps our carers informed of events, new legislation, training updates and provides them with up-to-date details of support groups and social activities.
A dedicated website. Our fostering site features a wealth of useful resources, including links to national fostering websites. The site acts as a first port of call for information for both existing carers and potential new carers.
An allocated supervising social worker. Each foster carer has their own allocated supervising social worker (SSW). Based in Atlas House in the town centre, your SSW is on hand to offer you support and guidance. As a foster carer, you will build up a strong relationship with your SSW and work very closely with them.
Membership of the Fostering Network. All of our foster carers are given automatic membership of the Fostering Network, the UK's leading fostering charity which offers an extensive package of support to foster carers.
In-house emergency support line. We have a dedicated team of social workers on hand to assist you 24 hours a day.