Guide: Resources and Forms

Supervision and Support

Each carer or carer family will have their own supervisory and support Fostering Social Worker independent of the children placed with them. Where possible, this will also be offered to specific or kinship carers.

Carers should be able to discuss with their Social Worker matters which do not necessarily relate directly to the child in their care.

Fostering Social Workers undertake annual reviews with foster carers and try to resolve situations of difficulty and conflict where these may arise.

Foster care support groups are run locally, and it can be very helpful to Carers to meet other Carers for mutual support and to develop skills and experience.

The ‘Fostering Network’ seeks to promote good practice in foster care. Fostering Devon is a member of the Fostering Network, and recommends that local groups and individuals become affiliated.

Each Foster Carer will receive one unannounced visit per year.

When a Carer’s link worker is unavailable, there will be support cover provided by the fostering team. This might be the placement co-ordinator or a duty Social Worker.

Carers Support Groups

Regular get-togethers are arranged at venues across the county with guest speakers, special presentations, and plenty of time to network. Call your Link Worker for details of the next one.

Peer Guides

If you need help, advice, or just someone to listen you can choose to talk to an experienced carer. Our Peer Guidance Scheme is now well-established, following a request from Foster Carers for more support from experienced colleagues.

Peer Guides are selected and appointed on the basis of experience, skills and commitment. Each locality has at least one Peer Guide who attends monthly supervision and training groups, where they receive regular updates on policies and procedures. They have local contact numbers both in Social Services and other Agencies, and can offer lots of helpful hints.

All Foster Carers will be given the names and phone numbers of their local Peer Guides. Confidentiality will be respected as long as this is consistent with the safety and welfare of the children in your care.

Call your Link Worker or the Fostering Devon Team for more information.

‘Children Who Foster’ Groups

Activity groups for the families of foster carers where they can meet, swap stories, and have a good time. Call the Support Workers in Exeter or Barnstaple for more information.

Fostering Strategy Group

If you’ve got a good idea, or a cause for concern that you’d like to bring up with management, contact your local rep. Call your Link Worker for her or his name.

Online

Fosterline – impartial, confidential advice on fostering issues