Our Fostering team provide a range of support and advice, training opportunities and promote our Service Provider Scheme, designed to recognise a carer's developing experience in their fostering role. Find out more about what we offer:
Dedicated social worker allocated to each foster carer
Every foster carer has its own supervising social worker. We strive to ensure that, for at least the first couple of years, it will be the same social worker you worked with during the initial assessment process. Your allocated social worker will continue to visit at least once monthly, however they can provide increased support if required. Our supervising social workers have considerable experience in working with children and young people before they joined our fostering and adoption team. They can provide help and support and will also link with the child's social worker. Your supervising social worker can also attend meetings (such as childcare reviews) with you and can assist you in writing reports required for such meetings. They will also keep in regular contact with you by phone. As a registered foster carer, we will provide you with a fostering handbook, containing information about being a foster carer.
The fostering and adoption team
Our fostering and adoption team works primarily with foster carers and adopters, so if your supervising social worker is unavailable during office hours, you will always be able to talk to another member of our team to discuss any queries you may have.
Out of hours support
Out-with office hours and at weekends, if you require any additional support, please call the Emergency Duty team.
Support from Health professionals
We work closely with NHS Forth Valley. There is a nurse who provides dedicated support for looked after and accommodated children and young people and their carers. The nurse can be a valuable source of support for all health issues.
Membership of the Fostering network
We provide foster carers with an individual member of the Fostering Network, the National organisation for foster carers, on an individual basis. Membership provides access to legal advice and services and a wide range of information and resource to assist carers in their role.
We provide ongoing training and professional development for all foster carers to help them carry out their fostering tasks. Feedback from carers who regularly attend training opportunities has been that the experiences gained to enhance the skills they require to meet and promote the needs and welfare of children/young people in their care. As a foster carer, we expect that you would be actively involved in further training and would expect regular attendance at both core training and support and development groups.
Fortnightly support and development groups
We hold a fortnightly support and development group in Stirling. All foster carers are welcome and encouraged to attend. The group includes an element of training provided by our team or a local guest speaker who can provide services to foster carers or the children they care for. We also provide peer support - there is always the opportunity to talk with other carers about aspects of foster care.
We have full-day training sessions, called Core Training, which are held four times throughout the year. Full-day training sessions are necessary for you to maintain and develop your skills and to enable you to proceed through Skill Levels. Topics vary from year to year but include areas such as:
- Child Protection
- Working with Children who have been sexually abused
- Safe Caring
- Managing difficult behaviour
- Valuing diversity and promoting equality
- First aid
- Working with families
- Relieving stress in foster care
We encourage existing carers to identify their individual training needs and to suggest topics on further training which would be beneficial.
Our Service Provider Scheme recognises the developing skills and experience a foster carer attains. Our foster carers receive both a weekly fee, dependent on skill level and an additional allowance for each child they care for.
Levels for 2018-2019 are:
The fee levels are for the first two children placed. We recognise that if children are to receive the individual attention that they require then numbers of children should be restricted in each placement. Accordingly, most carers are approved for two children, or three if a sibling group. The fee levels for the 3rd or subsequent child placed is 50% of the above.
If a child moves to a short break placement, the allowance follows the child, and the short break carers receive the allowance. Both the full time carer and short break carer will both continue to receive payment of allowances on the day the child leaves their full time placement a the day the child return to their full time placement.
All carers are entitled to 28 days holiday. Foster Carers will be entitled to full payment of fees for the 28 days holiday period. They will not receive the allowance – this will be paid to the short break carer. Foster carers who do not take their full 28 days holiday entitlement (i.e. they take a child on holiday with them) may claim additional fee payment for to up to 14 days.
Caring for children can be an expensive business. The allowance rate for 2018-2019 is as follows:
A foster carer fee of £167.51 (weekly rate) is proposed.
Additional financial information
We recognise that if placements end after a lengthy period then families may have become dependent on their fostering income. We, therefore, have a retainer payment scheme which is on a sliding scale. If a placement has lasted more than three months when it ends, the carer will receive up to one week's fee, provided they are available for further placement. This increases on a sliding scale up to six weeks fee if the placement has lasted for more than a year.
In addition to the above, we pay an extra week's allowance at Christmas and at the child's birthday and an extra two weeks allowance at the summer holiday period. This is an acknowledgement of the extra costs incurred at these holiday times.
We also pay mileage allowance to carers when they are travelling on Stirling Council business. Telephone allowance is also available.
If you are interested in fostering or looking for more information, please complete our online information request form
Last updated: Thursday, September 10, 2020 10:33 AM