Training & support
We want our foster carers to enjoy fostering and be equipped to do it well, which is why we provide a range of support services.
Every foster carer has a specialist social worker to support them. This social worker will also provide regular informal supervision sessions in which your future plans will be discussed. You can also have access to other professionals, for instance a psychologist, to help you look after a child.
Foster Care Association
Shropshire Foster Care Association has been formed to support foster carers and recognises the significant role they are playing in managing the care of children and young adults.
Their aim is to provide secure and happy homes for children in care. They also encourage foster carers to make use of support groups where they can meet with other carers and share ideas and concerns.
If you would like to know more, please contact us.
Payment for Skills
Shropshire Council operates a payment for skills scheme for its foster carers. Under this scheme, foster carers receive additional allowances which are directly commensurate with their assessed levels of knowledge and experience.
If you would like to know more, you can either contact us or ask one of our recruitment team when you make an initial enquiry on 0800 783 8798.
Out of hours service
Shropshire Council operates a 24/7 out of hours service operated by its foster carers for its foster carers.
Foster carer’s children
As well as providing days out for our looked after children and young people we also run a club for the birth children of foster carers so that they feel very much part of the process.
Elective training courses
In our section on the fostering process we have covered the mandatory training that needs to take place before you become a foster carer for Shropshire Council. However, there are also other training courses which are offered on a rolling programme basis.
Courses change every year to reflect carers’ identified learning needs and where these are consistent with national and local service objectives.
More advanced/specialised training courses for carers who have completed the annual training programme are also available and you can discuss this with your social worker. For more information please contact us.
The training topics for each financial year are set out in our carers ‘Learning and Development Information Pack’ which is produced in March, and sent out to carers prior to 1 April each year.
These ‘Developing Practice’ learning opportunities are offered to carers who have completed all mandatory training, and the majority of the elective courses. They are sourced or specially commissioned for Shropshire foster carers from a range of providers.