Supported Fostering Services for Foster Carers
At Apple Fostering we aim to provide as much support for our foster carers as possible.
Foster carers provide a much-needed service in looking after children and young people, who are often vulnerable.
Support for Foster Carers
It is important that we provide the support for foster carers that’s needed. We offer encouragement, support and training to all of our foster carers so that they have all the tools they need to look after the children or young people in their care, even those with complex needs.
We do this by supplying supported fostering services and by offering training, advice and ongoing support.
How Do We Provide Supported Fostering Services?
Support for foster carers also comes in the form of peer mentoring and support groups, as well as professional supervision.
All of our training is in line with the regulations and guidance set out by local authorities, and we ensure that it always meets the national minimum standards for foster services.
We always make sure that our foster carers are made aware of the support and training on offer and that they have round-the-clock access to a support line.
We know that by providing the best support for foster carers that we can we will ensure we see the best outcomes possible for all of the children and young people in our placements.
Working with local authorities
At Apple Fostering we work with Local Authorities to provide high-quality, best-value, well supported fostering placements with foster carers who are trained and enabled to care for complex children and young people who encompass a variety of challenges.
We accept the delegation of each local authority’s functions as requested by that local authority. If there is a potentially suitable carer for a child needing placement, full documentation (Form F assessment, confirmation of statutory checks and carers review) will be sent to the local authority for their consideration.
When a child is placed they will be appropriately matched giving consideration particularly to the race culture and religion of each child, the safety of each child, the skills of the carer(s) and the needs of the child.
We are able to make a contribution to childcare planning meetings; childcare reviews and within court proceedings, offering our assessment of the child’s needs and the resources available to meet these needs.
All Local Authority social workers receive a monthly report for each child in placement with Apple Fostering foster carers, using the 5 outcomes identified in Every Child Matters, to summarise key events and achievements.