What Support Will I Receive?
We expect you to need support, advice and training to foster successfully, and we are proud to provide what you need to a high level.
- Monthly Attachment groups – carers come to monthly groups with other carers and a children’s therapist, where they can share experiences, and learn more about attachment and therapeutic foster caring. These groups are fun and supportive as well as informative.
- Monthly supervision – foster carers have monthly supervision sessions with their worker. Supervision sessions will look at yours and your family’s needs as well as the child and their progress.
- Frequent phone contact – carers have contact from their worker by phone or text on a frequent and regular basis. You will always know that we are not very far away, and are thinking about you. We will respond to your requests for contact and visit more or less frequently as you need.
- Out of hours support – there is 24 hour telephone support every day of the year. We will always be contactable, whatever the time of day.
- Fun social events – we know how important it is to have fun, to unwind and to get together informally with people doing the same job as yourself. Chrysalis will organise events throughout the year to help this to happen; we hope you will join us!
- 3 weeks paid planned breaks – Chrysalis foster carers will be allowed to take up to 3 weeks planned breaks per year, without your fostered child, if you need it. This is space for you to re-gather as a family, recharge your batteries and do what you like to do. You will continue to be paid your fostering fee whilst you take your planned breaks.
- Team meetings – carers will attend monthly team meetings with other carers and staff. This will be your opportunity to come together as a team, contribute to the development of the service and have your say.
- Membership of the Fostering Network – we will provide this for all Chrysalis foster carers. See www.fostering.net for details of membership benefits.
- Comprehensive Preparation and Induction Training – you will receive at least 3 days training before you start to foster, and individual coaching from your assessing worker. In the early days of fostering we will make sure that you have covered all the fostering induction standards set down by government, and that you are fully guided and supported by your supervising social worker.
- Monthly core training or skills share groups – core fostering skills will be developed through monthly group training or skills share sessions. We cover topics such as: attachment; behaviour support; safeguarding; the impact of abuse; children’s health; education; and teaching children life skills. Annual refresher training will be available and courses will build on your existing knowledge.
- Advanced study – will be supported by your attendance at conferences, and accredited training, such as NVQs, and AKAMAS