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Foster for Swindon

Company:
Swindon Borough Council
Region:
South West
Exhibiting at:
Swindon Careers Fair
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Job Description:

Become a foster carer – help to keep our children local

Foster carers are people who are approved to look after vulnerable children and young people who are in the care of Swindon Borough Council within their own home.

To become an approved Swindon Borough foster carer the person needs to:

  • Be at least 21 years old
  • Have a spare bedroom
  • Be a full-time resident in the UK or have leave to remain
  • Have the availability physically and emotionally to care for a child or young  person on a full or part-time basis

Swindon Borough Council needs foster carers of all types who can offer short term, long term, respite and emergency placements to;

  • Individual children aged 0 – 18 years
  • Sibling groups
  • Teenagers
  • Unaccompanied asylum seekers
  • Parent and child
  • Children with disabilities through our Home from Home scheme

We recognise that fostering is an important job that requires commitment, time and energy so we’ll give you payments and allowances to recognise your skills. We will also give you holiday, birthday and Christmas or religious festival payments for children in your care.

As a foster carer you will receive a weekly allowance for each child in your care. This will include the cost of food, clothing, household costs, pocket money and travel costs.

The weekly basic allowance for different age bands are as follows:

  • 0 to 4 years - £150.53
  • 5 to 10 years - £171
  • 11 to 15 years - £245.76
  • 16 to 17 years - £260.10

You will also receive a weekly fee based on your skill level.

  • Level one - £58
  • Level two - £80
  • Level three - £135

There is also a 24-hour rate for Home from Home carers which is based on skill level and the age band of the child in care.

The rates for 0 to 10-year-olds with carers at different skill levels are as follows.

  • Approved - £34.11
  • Core - £38.40
  • Qualified - £42.69
  • Advanced - £53.43

The rates for 11 to 18-year-olds with carers at different skill levels are as follows.

  • Approved - £54.79
  • Core - £59.10
  • Qualified - £63.39
  • Advanced - £74.12

These payments are made for each child, each week they live with the foster carers. However, you will need to be aware that no payments are made if children or young people are not living in your home and your skill level will be assessed and agreed during your fostering assessment.

Our upfront costs may not be comparable with Independent Fostering Agencies (IFAs) however, those who Foster with Swindon become a part of our fostering community, which includes:

  • a variety of support groups (including for children who foster),
  • an array of comprehensive training,
  • being a part of a local network of closely connected foster carers,
  • becoming part of a professional team who work with children so that they have the best access to services, care and support possible,
  • Membership with fostering network,
  • Membership with Swindon Foster Carers Association (SCFA),
  • Access to discounted days out and our very own caravan,
  • Access to a Blue Light Card and other benefits,
  • A variety of events including: coffee mornings, family fun days, award ceremonies, bbqs and more,
  • Swindon Borough Council is a fostering friendly organisation, which provides additional support for employees who Foster with Swindon.

If you are interested in finding out more about becoming a foster carer, please contact the fostering recruitment team on 07917503447 or email fosteringrecruitment@swindon.gov.uk

Alternatively please visit our website https://www.swindon.gov.uk/info/20115/fostering_a_child to find out more.

Why work for
Swindon Borough Council
?
Foster carers are urgently needed in Swindon to provide a safe and loving home to local children in need. In Swindon, there are around 300 children and young people in the care of Swindon Borough Council.This number is predicted to increase in the coming years, so our goal is to recruit a variety of foster carers, from all backgrounds, to provide a safe home, care and support to local children and young people who need it. Supporting our children to stay local and keep connections to their family, friends and education is so important to enable children to strive and be the best they can be. Those who Foster with Swindon become a part of our fostering community, which includes a variety of support groups (including for children who foster), an array of comprehensive training, being a part of a local network of closely connected foster carers, becoming part of a professional team who work with children so that they have the best access to services, care and support possible,Membership with fostering network, Membership with Swindon Foster Carers Association (SCFA), Access to discounted days out and our very own caravan, Access to a Blue Light Card and other benefits, A variety of events including: coffee mornings, family fun days, award ceremonies, bbqs and more, Swindon Borough Council is a fostering friendly organisation, which provides additional support for employees who Foster with Swindon.
The
Swindon Careers Fair
will take place at
The County Ground
from
10am - 2pm
.
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