Once you have been approved to foster, you become part of our professional team and will have a dedicated Supervising Social Worker who will work with you and the children placed with you.
You will also be included in a range of foster carer social events and have access to a 24/7 managed on-call service, manned by our
Social Workers who will support you 24 hours a day (including out of hours visits if necessary).
In addition to the comprehensive training curriculum that we undertake with all our foster carers, we like to provide a tailored support programme unique to each foster carer. This is based upon an understanding of your needs and experience.
We also offer a confidential counselling service, so that our foster carers can discuss any personal issues or concerns that they may have outside of fostering; and a variety of financial contributions (on top of your usual financial allowance) to help with things like holidays and school uniforms.
The Next Step Fostering Group also has a dedicated Children’s Champion whose role is to advocate for and communicate with our looked after children; to let their voices be heard whether that is to improve our service or let their achievements be known. As well as help them to develop as individuals through a range of out of school activities (where both looked after and foster family birth children are welcome).
We also have an in-house Counselling Service, allowing you to discuss any personal issues that you may be experiencing, in complete confidence and outside of your usual Supervison meetings.