be a foster carer with asphaleia fostering

fostering is as rewarding as it is secure, with hundreds of placements needed every day. If you had two placements over the course of a year, you could earn approx. £35,000 and make a difference in the lives of vulnerable children and young people. 

why foster?

If you're here you must already be interested and we're happy you're taking the time to find out more. Now is a challenging time for all of us but especially those who have experienced job losses and redundancies or whose job has become insupportable due to changes in life and business during the pandemic. Unemployment is on the rise and for many, the need to tread a new career path is unavoidable. Perhaps this is the case for you, or perhaps you've always had fostering in the back of your mindand have decided now is the right time. 

 

If you want to make a difference in the life of a child and can provide a safe and nurturing home, fostering could be a rewarding and viable career option for you.

According to The Fostering Network, over 65,000 children live with over 55,000 fostering families across the UK each day. Every year, thousands of foster families are needed in England. At the moment, asphaleia fostering are recruiting for new carers to meet the need of children and young people in care in West Sussex. Based in Worthing, asphaleia foster carers benefit from being part of a wider organisation that delivers holistic services for children and young people, including; employability education, CSE intervention, and mental health support. Our carers can benefit from these services if their foster child needs any of them but also there is a wealth of knowledge, experience, support and organisation-wide training that carers can participate in.

 

Being in a nurturing and safe environment can make a huge difference to the outcomes of a child in care. If you want to know more about the difference fostering can make to a child's life, keep reading for the lived experience of one of the foster children in one of our placements...

 

Hi my name is M. I have lived with my foster carers for the last 5 years. When I first arrived I felt very afraid, but after a few days I realised my foster carers were very kind and caring people and made me feel at home. I miss my country and family a lot but living with such lovely people helped me with my home sickness. My aunty first showed me around Worthing, I soon found friends and my confidence grew.

 

asphaleia fostering offers a competitive and comprehensive support package to make the process of becoming a foster carer straightforward and enjoyable.

fostering with asphaleia includes to following benefits:

  • 24/7 support 365 days of the year.

  • A wide range of inclusive and necessary training days will be put in place alongside a personal development plan to support you while you foster.

  • BACS payments are made on a fortnightly basis.

  • You will be offered partnerships with other more experienced foster carers.

  • Being part of an organisation that provides holistic services to children and young people enabling you to access education, CSE, and mental health support services that your yp might need and also connect with knowledgeable and experienced staff

 

can I foster?

what is required of you:

  • The law states you must be 18 or over, with asphaleia requesting that all applicants have life experience.

  • You need a spare room.

  • You must be a full-time UK resident.

  • You must be certified as fit and healthy by your GP through a funded medical assessment.

  • You need a DBS check.

  • You must be willing to complete a seven-part course called skills to foster (normally delivered across two days).

  • You need to complete a Form F assessing your skills and knowledge with a qualified social worker to assist. This can take anywhere between 8-10 visits.

  • The entire household will need to be interviewed.

  • You need to demonstrate that you can provide a safe and happy home for a young person.

 

We are confident that our supportive approach will enable you to manage the process and explore your suitability with us.

i'm interested, what now?

We understand that making and seeing through the decision to become a foster carer can be daunting. Modern technology has become our best friend overnight! See below the ways we are currently working to support this;

  • When you enquire about fostering our Fostering Manager would normally visit your home for an informal chat about fostering and the assessment process. At present these visits will be carried out virtually as we feel this is a more personal way than a voice call.

  • Home visits; where necessary these will also be conducted virtually with you giving the assessor a tour of your home via facetime or other virtual means.

  • All forms can be completed electronically and sent by email.

  • During the assessment stage the assessor will need to visit your home. They would usually visit regularly, but at present meetings will be virtual with only 1-2 visits being made in person. We will undertake all measures outlined by the Government guidance to ensure the safety of all. This may mean staff wearing face masks, using hand sanitiser before and after the visit, sitting 2m from you.

  • During the assessment you will be required to attend a 3-day skills to foster training course which will take place in our covid-19 secure learning centre.

  • asphaleia will adapt our support throughout the process to the individual. Taking into account their technological skills as well as our assessors.

We know it can be nice to talk about your personal situation, perhaps you only want to do respite, or have specific requirements related to your religious observance, maybe you'd like to keep your current job. Please call us on 01903 522966 for an informal, no-obligation chat with our fostering manager, Kim, who can discuss your situation with you and answer any questions you have. Alternatively, you can complete the form below for a call back. We will only use your details to call you and will not pass them on to any third party nor use them for other marketing purposes. 

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