Fostering

We need existing and new foster carers to work with our fostering team.

We offer a  competitive fee structure, high levels of training and excellent support for all carers, and value each one as professionals.

Fostering with your local council helps ensure that looked after children remain in or near their home town or city.

This is important to the children as it allows them to stay on at their school, near to familiar surroundings and providing stability at a time of immense change.

Our fostering team is now on the lookout for new people to join them and look after children of all ages.

Foster carers come from all backgrounds and it doesn’t matter if your single, in a relationship or married you can still apply.

As a foster carer you will have an important role in helping a child (or children) to understand what is happening to them and provide love and stability at a difficult time in their lives.

Foster carers:

  • Look after children on a day to day basis and meet their many individual needs
  • Work alongside the child’s family (in many but not all cases) enabling contact to take place
  • Work alongside other people who play an important part in the life of a child including social workers, teachers, doctors and health visitors

Support for carers

We appreciate that fostering can be a demanding task and are committed to providing our carers with the support that they need.

This includes:

  • Talking to our current carers and redesigning our support services to ensure they are what carers want
  • Working toward all foster carers obtaining a nationally recognised NVQ qualification in childcare
  • Once approved, all foster carers are allocated a dedicated fostering social worker to support carers and to help them identify their learning needs

As part of a team we welcome ideas for improving support and training from foster carers.

Payments

Whilst money is not everything we are committed to ensuring that our foster carers are paid enough to cover the costs involved in looking after a child.

The amount paid to each foster carer is calculated on an individual basis according to the age of the child.

Enquire about becoming a foster carer
Fostering Team

020 8227 5988 (Mon to Fri, 9am to 5pm) 020 8227 5949 (out of hours)

fostering@lbbd.gov.uk

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