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what skills and experience do you need to be a foster carer?

You may know someone who is a foster carer, or you may know nothing about the job at all. It can be easy to write yourself off as not being suitable and there can be many questions about the role, which is why we will be hosting a Q&A with out fostering manager in the coming weeks, so if you're interested in being part of that please contact us.

a bit about foster carers

- Foster carers come from all backgrounds and bring a wide range of life and work experiences. You can be a single carer and even keep your current job, if suitable.

adult supporting a young person

- Foster carers commit time and energy to children in their care. Being someone for them to trust, talk to and celebrate achievements is important, as is having the patience, resilience, and confidence to deal with situations which do not go to plan. Foster carers also need to be observant to recognise when they need to step in or seek assistance to help deal with a particular situation. Foster carers are also encouraged to reflect on their actions to learn from experiences and continuously develop their skills.

- All foster carers receive training before being approved to foster, giving them the tools, and complimenting their skills and experience, to help meet the needs of any child in their care. Throughout a foster carer’s career, there will be opportunities and expectations to complete further training, as well as ongoing support.

If you want to speak to someone about being a foster carer with asphaleia, please call 01903 522966.

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