Who are we looking for?
We're looking for professional people to become assessment carers, who have experience of undertaking assessments particularly in the area of children. This includes Health Visitors, Midwives, Early Years professionals, Social workers.
We're looking for people to become support carers who have experience providing support and care to young parents and their child. You might be an existing foster carer with specific experience and interest in supporting young parents and carers; you might be an early years worker or from a maternity or nursing background.
You can be:
- Single - male or female, married, living as a couple, same sex couple.
- Of any religious faith or none
- Of any cultural background
- Homeowner or renting
- Employed or retired
To make an excellent Parent / Child carer - you will need:
- A spare room which is large enough for a parent and child
- A positive attitude
- An understanding of meeting a child's needs
- Excellent assessment skills
- Patience and commitment
- Confidence to cope with challenges.
- Willingness to engage in training and personal development
The Process to become a Parent / Child Carer
Even if you just want more information for now, get in touch with Kirklees Fostering Recruitment Team, and we will be able to talk to you. If you decide you would like to go ahead, the steps are:
- A member of the team will visit you at home to talk to you in more depth.
- If we agree that you are ready to proceed, we'll invite you to attend the "Skills to Foster" training and we ask you to complete an Essential Information application form. Once all the formal checks have been completed we will start your fostering assessment.
- Your application will be considered at our fostering panel and if approved, you'll be matched with a Parent and Child who needs either an assessment or support.The whole process can take between six and nine months from start to finish.
There is lots of support & training available
Existing foster carers are always happy to talk to you if you want to hear first-hand what it's like to foster, and with help from your Supervising Social Worker this can help you decide whether Parent / Child fostering is right for you and your family.
Once you're an approved carer there are some essential courses you need to undertake in the first year. These include safe care, health and safety, hygiene and first aid.
You'll have access to a comprehensive training programme to help develop your understanding, knowledge and skills. Training can be arranged to meet the individual needs of a carer in terms of Parent / Child assessment, care and support.
We will pay you a skills payment and provide you with an allowance for the Parent / Child
If you have the experience and skills to undertake the 12 week assessment of the parent's ability to care for their child, you will receive our Level 5 Skills payment of £250 per week. If you provide support to a Parent / Child then you will receive our Level 4 Skills payment of £225 per week.
The allowance for the parent and the child will depend on their age. We can discuss this in more detail when you contact us.