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Fostering in Southampton

Fostering in Southampton

Are you considering becoming a foster carer? Do you want to find out more about fostering in Southampton? We currently have a need for foster carers in the Southampton area, particular carers for teenagers and sibling groups.

Those who need fostering in Southampton

We are currently working to ensure that there are sufficient foster carers in the Southampton to meet the need of every Southampton child who needs a foster placement. We currently need to recruit carers In Southampton for:

Younger children and teenagers

  • Sibling groups of younger children
  • Children age 9+ who need short term placements
  • Children age 9+ who need long term/ permanent placements
  • Teenagers who need to remain with foster carers until they reach independence

If you're a more experienced carer, have experience in caring for disabled children or children with learning difficulties we also need to match carers with:

  • Children who have mild and moderate level learning difficulties
  • Children who have more complex disabilities
  • Parent and Child Placements (Usually mother and child- occasionally a new father and child)
  • Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking children and young people

How becoming an fp.c foster carer in Southampton can make a huge impact

Local placement is extremely important as it allows children to continue at existing schools, retain contact to friends and family and in the longer run it can facilitate arrangements for a child to return to their family where this is the right plan for the child. By becoming a pf.c foster carer in Southampton you can help us to achieve that goal. There is currently a very significant shortfall of foster carers, of all kinds, in Southampton. If you live in Southampton or nearby and are thinking of fostering we would very much like to hear from you.

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How our Southampton foster carers are supported

We're proud of the support service we provide for our foster carers. No matter what your experience, we don't expect you to go alone. We provide regular foster carer support groups and training at various locations in the Southampton area. We have locally based staff who provide support to our Southampton foster carers, ensuring that they receive high level support at all times.

The range of services our foster carers can expect includes,

  • Your own designated social worker, who will visit regularly, usually fortnightly, to provide advice, guidance and support
  • Access to telephone advice and support 24 hours per day, 7 days per week
  • High level professional fee in recognition of your skills
  • High level child maintenance allowance
  • Summer holiday, Birthday and Christmas/Festival supplements
  • Careful matching of children with foster carers
  • Good preparation and initial induction
  • Support with completing a formal induction workbook process (TSD)
  • Access to ongoing foster carer training provided by in house and specialist external trainers
  • Funding for access to relevant external training
  • Access to online training- e-learning
  • Annual appraisal to support you to develop your skills to a higher level
  • Access to respite care
  • Support to develop safe and effective baby sitting and back up care arrangements
  • Support groups for own children to attend- if they wish
  • Workshops for young people in foster care- to support your good efforts
  • Access to a psychologist for advice and support, where needed
  • Free membership of Fostering Network
  • Higher frequency, higher level support at the time of new placements and if/when needed
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If you decide to join our team, you will be working with an agency that has consistently been accredited as an 'Outstanding' or 'Good' Fostering Service Provider by OFSTED.

Our work with Southampton Council

If you decide to join our team, you will be working with an agency that has consistently been accredited as an 'Outstanding' or 'Good' Fostering Service Provider by OFSTED. Our fostering agency is an accredited Tier 1 provider of foster placements for Southampton Council and several neighbouring local authorities. We are also accredited as preferred providers of foster placements for the wider group of local authorities. We have been providing foster carers for Southampton children for several years. Our Tier 1 status means that Southampton refers children to us first whenever a foster placement is needed for a Southampton child. This means that if you live in or near Southampton and decide to foster with our agency, you are likely to be kept very busy.

Start your journey

Find out about the children who need fostering in Southampton. If you live in Southampton and are considering becoming a foster carer, we would very much like to hear from you. Fill in the form below to request a call back with one of our friendly foster carer recruitment advisers or to be sent a fostering information pack. You can also give us a call on (01993) 706925 or if you need more information, see our page on considering fostering.

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