Fostering - could you invest in a future?
Fostering is a way of providing care in a family for children who cannot live within their own family; this may be for a very short period of time or it could be a long-term arrangement.
In Slough, we are looking for carers for children aged 0-18 from a range of ethnic backgrounds and are particularly looking for carers who may be able to look after school age children, teenagers, sibling groups and children with special needs. We need people to foster children both on a short term (temporary) and long term (permanent) basis.
So many children in our town are facing a future of uncertainty. There's a huge range of reasons that children come into our care - but the most important thing is what happens next.
When you foster, you create a home and family for a child or young person who desperately needs it.
What support can I expect?
We’ll support you. Financially. Emotionally. Professionally.
You will receive preparation and guidance for the task of becoming a carer, as well as on-going training, practical and financial support. We really value the amazing work our carers do within our community, so we provide the following support:
- regular visits from a supervising social worker to offer advice and support to foster careers and their families
- competitive fostering fee and allowances up to £442 per week for Tier 1 foster carers and £642 for Tier 2 foster carers, depending on the age of the child.
- a retainer is payable to eligible foster carers
- holiday allowance – 2 weeks holiday payment up to £400 per annum
- birthday allowance and festival allowance paid per annum per child
- access to our psychology service for help and advice
- an out of hours social work service for use in an emergency
- a Saturday conference at least once a year – our 2015 first conference was on De-escalation - managing behaviour
- outings and social events for carers and their families
- annual awards ceremony
- activities and support for carers' own children to ensure they are involved
- monthly training available with individual plans focused on your progression and development
- coffee mornings for carers every week
- a support group that meets in the evenings every other month
- a support group for male carers
- a support group for sons and daughters of foster carers
- membership to Slough’s Foster Carers’ Association
- membership of FosterTalk, a not-for-profit organisation that provides high-quality, professional support to foster carers
- discounts and benefits available for Slough carers.
Could you be a foster carer? Find out more here.