When assessing potential foster carers, we look at all parts of their life including any childcare experience. This can come from a variety of sources including having your own children, working with children, working with vulnerable people or even being involved with family or friends children. Having your own children will give you some insight into what life is like with a child in the household, however it won’t necessarily give you insight into children in care.
A lot of the children and young people we work with come into care due to issues such as abuse and neglect, and therefore often display challenging behaviours and have complex needs. Patience, understanding, empathy and an open minded approach are some of the key attributes that our carers will need.
Our carers are fully supported by a highly qualified team of Social Workers along with a comprehensive training programme that involves looking at why children come into care and how to deal with some of the problems they present.