Youth Login Foster Carer Login
Follow our updates :

Get in touch: 01993 706925 Lines open Mon-Thur: 9am-8pm, Fri: 9am-5pm

Are you considering Fostering in Wiltshire?

Are you considering Fostering in Wiltshire?

Whether you are ready to foster now or interested in learning more about fostering in Wiltshire you can find out everything you need to know here and by getting in touch with us. Fostering can be hugely rewarding, by choosing, or considering to foster in Wiltshire you can be building life changing experiences for you and children in the Wiltshire area who need fostering.

As with most locations around the UK there is a shortfall in foster carers in Wiltshire compared with the number of children needing foster carers. There are distinct advantages in matching local foster carers with children, and as such we are keen to increase the number of foster carers in Wiltshire that can provide foster care for local children. There are many younger children and teenagers in Wiltshire that are in need of a safe environment where they feel comfortable and cared for. If you believe that you can provide this we’d love to hear from you.

Types of fostering in Wiltshire?

There are a variety of ages of children who require fostering in Wiltshire. There are also variations in how long you may be fostering a child for. If you decide that fostering in Wiltshire is right for you and you meet the criteria, the types of matches you might expect are;

  • 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)
  • Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking children and young people

Foster care works best when

  • There is a good match between the child's needs and the carer's skills and qualities
  • When foster carers receive the best support from their fostering agency

Different types of fostering in Wiltshire

Children may require different lengths of foster care depending on their individual circumstances. Children may need short term fostering in Wiltshire which may be for a temporary period until they can return to their parental home or relatives. This may be anywhere from a few weeks to several months. At the other end of the spectrum long term fostering in Wiltshire may mean foster carers look after children until they are grown up.

Become a Wiltshire foster carer with fp.c

Our foster carers in Wiltshire have an excellent level of success and most have been with us for many years. Whilst fostering can be both challenging and rewarding we will make sure that you are in safe hands, offering you support when you need it and helping you to commit only when you’re fully informed and feel ready to do so. As an agency fp.c has consistently been accredited as an 'Outstanding' or 'Good' Fostering Service Provider by OFSTED.

We pride ourselves in the care we take in matching children with foster carers in Wiltshire and we believe that this is at the heart of the success our foster carers and children enjoy.

We are driven by the goal of ensuring that there are sufficient Wiltshire based foster carers to provide local placements for children in Wiltshire allowing children to continue their education at their current schools and to retain relationships with friends and family without upheaval. For the longer term this can help facilitate arrangements for a child to return to their family where this is the right plan for the child.

Beccy & Michael

"Read Beccy and Michaels story here:"

- Beccy & Michael

View Case Study

What support do foster carers in Wiltshire receive?

It is important to feel supported in all stages of foster caring. Whether that’s at the early stage of considering fostering, or whether you’ve been a long term foster carer in Wiltshire just wanting to discuss experiences with peers and other carers. We set out to make learning about fostering an enjoyable experience, enabling you to make fully informed decisions about whether fostering will be right for you.

As an fp.c foster carer in Wiltshire you will be receive a high level of support. As well as being able to attend foster carer support groups and training at various locations in or near to Wiltshire. Our Wiltshire foster carers are supported by locally based staff.

As one of our foster carers, you will have access to a full range of support services including:

  • Your own designated social worker, who will visit regularly, usually fortnightly, to provide advice, guidance and support
  • Placement duty staff who will work hard to achieve a match that will be right for you when you have a vacancy
  • Access to telephone advice and support 24 hours per day, 7 days per week
  • Careful matching of children with foster carers
  • Good preparation and initial induction
  • Support with completing a formal induction workbook process (TSD)
  • 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
  • Access to a psychologist for advice and support, where needed
  • Higher frequency, higher level support at the time of new placements and if/when needed

Funding and financials

  • Funding for access to relevant external training
  • High level professional fee in recognition of your skills
  • Summer holiday, Birthday and Christmas/Festival supplements
  • High level child maintenance allowance

Training and resources

  • Access to online training- e-learning
  • Access to ongoing foster carer training provided by in house and specialist external trainers
  • Annual appraisal to support you to develop your skills to a higher level
  • Workshops for young people in foster care- to support your good efforts
  • Free membership of Fostering Network
ofsted logo

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 Wiltshire Council

Our fostering agency is an accredited Tier 1 provider of foster placements for Wiltshire 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 Wiltshire children for several years. Our Tier 1 status means that Wiltshire refers children to us first whenever a foster placement is needed for a Wiltshire child. This means that if you live in or near Wiltshire and decide to foster with our agency, you are likely to be kept very busy.

If you live in Wiltshire and are thinking of fostering, we would really like to hear from you. Thank you for your interest in our Wiltshire fostering service

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.

Yes No

Meet our foster carers

Our foster carers are a diverse group of individuals. They are all committed to making a difference for children. And they will all go the extra mile that it takes...

View our case studies

Sign up to receive our newsletter

Signup to our newsletter for updates and news on the latest developments in fostering
Head Office: 85 High Street, Witney, Oxon OX28 6HY
Tel: 01993 706925 Fax: 01993 706926
Website Design by Urban Element