for professionals for young people VLE staff login
why Asphaleiawhat is foster care forthe Asphaleia groupenquiry form

receive our blog updates

keep informed of any latest news or updates to our blog with an email notification, or via RSS here.

Sign up to our Newsletter

Receive the latest Asphaleia news directly to your inbox

 
Home » Ventures » fostering » New carers information page

New carers information page

Welcome to our information for new carers page. We are very proud of the fostering service we offer to children and young people - when you read more about the children we foster and some of our carers, you will probably understand why!

Fostering is a challenging career path to take, but one that is filled with plenty of rewards. These can include anything from seeing a child positively reunited with their family to watching a child succeed at school to being in a position to offer a home to a brother and sister when no one else could and who may otherwise have been separated...and there are so many more.

We trust you find the information you are looking for, however if you cannot, or would simply like to have a chat with one of our team, please contact us today. We are looking forward to hearing from you.

latest news

Takeover Challenge – Young People Takeover asphaleia!


Read more

An Outreach Appointment to Specsavers in West Sussex


Read more

Comic Relief and British Airways visit SAFE West London


Read more
 
  • What is foster care

    To find out more about what fostering means, please click here.

  • What does an asphaleia foster carer do?

    Here are some of the things you will be expected to do as a foster carer for asphaleia:

    Think their world

    As an asphaleia foster carer, you become part of the asphaleia staff team. When working with children and young people, other professionals or colleagues our staff believe service and co-operation can only begin to be achieved to a high standard by considering the world of others. We would expect you to embrace these values and always consider the world of the children you are providing care to.

    Provide support

    As a foster carer you will be required to provide support to any child in your care. This could include developing and supporting their education, emotional welfare, overall health and social wellbeing.

    Work in a team

    Working as part of a team is vital in caring for children. Foster carers link to a large network of people and you will work with a range of professionals that make up that team. These might include: other foster carers, social workers, children's families, schools, health care workers, and many more.
    Working in a team also means that you, the carer, are supported and guided by your fellow carers and colleagues. You will find that some of the best learning you do will be simply talking to other asphaleia carers and sharing experiences and advice.

    Develop skills

    All staff at asphaleia have access to a personal development plan - as a foster carer you will also have access. All new foster carers receive training before being approved. During your career as a foster carer, you will develop your skills through a formal programme of training. We firmly believe that being an excellent foster carer comes through a commitment to learning and development.

    Communicate

    You must be able to communicate effectively, not only with children and young people but with social workers, the asphaleia fostering team and others involved in the wellbeing of the children. This is vital in ensuring all are able respond effectively to any situations that arise.

    Attend meetings and manage information

    As well as the day-to-day care of a child, there may be times when you need to attend meetings about the child/children in your care, keep written records, and manage information that is confidential and sensitive. There will be a team of people to support you in any of these areas that you may find challenging.

    Manage behaviour

    Fostered children and young people can display difficult or challenging behaviour as a way of coping with change. As a foster carer you need to be able to recognise the possible causes of such behaviour and, with asphaleia's support, develop ways to help the child or young person manage their feelings and experiences.

    Don't worry if you don't feel this is something you are trained to do - we have a team to support you and you will receive training covering a variety of behavioral issues. You won't be alone in dealing with any challenging behaviour.

  • The children we foster

    There are now more children than ever coming into care, with almost 6,000 more in care on any one day now than there were in 2007.
    Children come into care for a whole range of reasons, including a family member's short-term illness or a parent's depression or drug or alcohol misuse. Some children may have been abused or neglected. Some may be parents themselves and the need is for a placement which will take care of both them and their children.

    Around two-fifths of the children in care are aged 11 to 15, and finding people with the right skills to look after teenagers is a top priority for asphaleia.
    asphaleia is also pleased to offer specialist placements such as parent and baby and asylum seeker placements.

    For more information on parent and baby placements, click here.

    For more information on asylum seeker placements, click here.

  • The placements we offer

    There are a range of fostering placement options you could provide. These include:

    Emergency: Emergency foster carers will need to be prepared to take a child into their home at any time of the night or day and have them stay for a few days. This type of fostering is used at short notice. For example, if a lone parent is taken into hospital and there is no one to care for their child. Longer-term plans must then be considered.

    Short-term: This can mean anything from an overnight stay to a period of several months. Short-term foster carers provide a temporary place to stay until the child can return home to their own family or a longer-term fostering placement or adoption arrangement can be made.

    Long-term: Sometimes children will not be able to go back to live with their own families for a number of years, if at all. Long-term fostering allows children and young people to stay in a family where they can feel secure, while maintaining contact with their birth family. There is a particular need for this type of foster care at the moment.

    Leaving care and supported lodgings: Some foster carers specialise in helping young people prepare to live independently. Foster carers will need to help these young people develop self-confidence along with life skills, such as looking after their own health, budgeting, completing domestic tasks and managing social relationships.

    Short-break: Also known as 'shared care', this covers a variety of different types of part-time care. You might have a child to stay for anything from a few hours each week to a couple of weekends each month, giving their own family or their full time foster carers a break.

    Parent and baby: Specially trained foster carers will take both young parents and their babies into their home, providing them with care and support and teaching them how to care for their baby.

  • Our carers

    Our foster carers are brilliant! They are hard working, dedicated families who want to make a positive impact on children and young people in need. We are very proud of them and the difference they have made for so many children's lives.

    Click here to meet some of them

  • Could you foster

    To be a foster carer you must:

    • Be over 21
    • Have a spare room

    Did you know you can foster if:

    • You are single
    • You work
    • You rent your home
    • You have one or more spare bedrooms
    • You are in a same sex relationship
    • You are over 21
    • You are retired
    • You have no experience of working with children
    • You have your own family
    • You are divorced
    • You would prefer to only foster babies
    • You do not have any qualifications

    Essentially, the requirements for becoming a foster carer are quite simple. At asphaleia, we are looking for energetic people with a passion for children and young people, as well as an interest in learning and developing their skills - if you think you fit what we are looking for, you could be joining our team very soon!

  • The asphaleia package

    Like all asphaleia staff, we want our carers to grow and develop professionally during their time here. We offer a high quality package which ensures you and your family are adequately supported and the needs of the fostered child are always considered. Above all, the package we offer you will be flexible according to the needs of the child placed with you.

    We are always working with the best interests in mind for each and every child who comes through asphaleia fostering, as well as you and your family.

    If you become an asphaleia foster carer you can expect:

    • monthly team meetings
    • to be included in all asphaleia events including staff days and social events (such as the legendary asphaleia Christmas Party!)
    • a professional environment - asphaleia fostering are working towards Children Workforce Development Council standards
    • monthly supervision
    • Twenty-four hour access to a qualified social worker
    • access to a range of activities for the child you are fostering through the asphaleia group, such as education and social events
    • ongoing training
    • competitive rate of payment
    • personal development plan
    • Peer mentoring
    • Foster carers learning cells
    • Fostering Network membership
    • Access to resources and equipment to support learning and placements

    To find out more, please visit our frequently asked questions page.