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Fostering in West Berkshire

If you live in West Berkshire and are thinking of fostering, we would really like to hear from you. Find out about the children needing fostering in West Berkshire. Check out how we support our West Berkshire foster carers to succeed. If you live in West Berkshire and are thinking of fostering, we would really like to hear from you

Fostering in West Berkshire

The children needing fostering in West Berkshire

In West Berkshire,  the children needing fostering are predominantly:

  • 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
  • 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)

How our West Berkshire foster carers are supported

 As one of our foster carers, you will have:

  • 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 (CWDC)
  • 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

Our work with West Berkshire Social Services

We have a long history of working with West Berkshire. Our fostering panel operates from the Hilton Hotel, at Cheiveley, near Newbury.

Our fostering agency is an accredited Tier 1 provider of foster placements for West Berkshire  and all of the other Berkshire  Unitary Authorities.  We have been providing foster carers for West Berkshire children for over 16 years. Our Tier 1 status means that  that West Berkshire social services  refer children to us first whenever a foster placement is needed for a West Berkshire child. This means that if you live in or near West Berkshire and decide to foster with our agency, you are likely to be kept very busy.

    Start your journey

    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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