There are many reasons to foster with Kirklees Council. We're 100% not for profit and all our foster carers receive financial support, allowances, a comprehensive training package, a personal support worker and access to a dedicated Placement Support Team.
Fostering is a rewarding and challenging experience. It can give you a sense of purpose and you will know you are making a difference to a child's life.
About the Placement Support Team
The Placement Support Team aims to support the positive emotional and psychological development of children and young people. The team is multi-disciplinary in nature and includes clinicians employed by Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services (NHS) working alongside Social Workers.
The team deliver regular consultation clinics facilitated by either the team's Clinical Psychologist or Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytical Psychotherapist, in conjunction with a Senior Mental Health Practitioner and experienced Social Worker or Community Care Officer. The clinics provide a protected space for those working with children and young people (who are receiving social care support) to consider both their strengths and needs, including the likely impact of trauma upon their development and subsequent presentation.
The team undertake both direct and indirect work with children who are cared for by the local authority. This includes the provision of support to foster carers and, where appropriate, direct work with the young person concerned. The team are able to implement a varied range of interventions dependent upon the needs identified and actions agreed during the consultation process.
The diverse structure of the Placement Support Team means that they are able to provide support to carers, children and young people in a variety of different formats.
How the team supports you
- The Placement Support Team will pay your skills payment even if, for a time, you have no child in place. You'll receive extra payments towards a summer holiday, a child's birthday and religious festivals (Eid and Christmas). As a foster carer you're entitled to 28 days holiday, sick pay and mileage.
- Foster carers receive a loyalty payment, paid annually up to 15 years' service. This is paid at £10 a week for each additional year of approval.
- The team will match Independent Fostering Agency payments (for foster carers transferring) for a period of time, during which time carers can work their way up the skills level too. This will allow time to increase your allowances sufficiently prior to the end of the matching period.
- They will contribute towards furniture and any other equipment you need to start your fostering journey, once a child is placed.
- They will support your continuous personal development with opportunity to gain skills and knowledge to support children and young people in your care. You will have access to regular training and development, including a Diploma in Health and Social Care in children and families.
- You will have opportunity to support us with our recruitment, attend events with us and come along to family fun days. If you recommend somebody who becomes an approved foster carer, once their first child is placed we will reward you with a £500 Golden Hello!
- You'll be allocated a dedicated supervising social worker to support you. There is also a duty social worker during and outside office hours should you need. We hold regular support groups for you to access across Kirklees.
- Upon approval you will automatically become a member of the Kirklees Fostering Network (KFN). This group is run by our foster carers for our foster carers. There are coffee mornings, support groups, family activities and social gatherings. Some great opportunities for you to access support, meet foster carers and make new friends. The KFN run a 24 hour helpline offering advice, a listening ear and extra support.