Council launches innovative joint foster carer recruitment service
29 October 2018Cheshire West and Chester Council, together with Cheshire East Council, Halton Borough Council and Warrington Borough Council has launched a new, collaborative project to recruit more foster carers.
The service, known as Foster4, is based at Warrington Borough Council’s New Town House offices, and operates across the four Cheshire local authorities. Building on previous successes, Foster4 aims to recruit more foster carers and provide even greater support, training opportunities, rewards and benefits to existing ones.
A new website www.foster4.co.uk has been launched to provide a one-stop-shop where prospective foster carers can request information and take the first step. There is also a dedicated Facebook page @foster4cheshire where those interested in fostering and existing carers can keep up to date with the latest news.
Cllr Nicole Meardon, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People said:
“Working together means that we can increase our pool of in-house carers, providing excellent care and the best start in life for children and young people who need it the most. Our priority is to keep children in the local area with local carers so that they can be close to what is familiar to them, such as their school. This can improve a child’s life chances, including the likelihood of successfully returning to their parents or wider family, where appropriate.
“We’re one of the first groups of councils in the country to work together in this way and across the region we’ve already seen a 20 per cent increase in enquiries. Fostering households come in all shapes and sizes and we hope that by pooling our resources we’ll be able to reach more people with our campaign. We’re well on our way to welcoming more local people into the fostering community. If you think you could foster and provide a loving home for a local child, please get in touch today.”
Foster carers operate on a self-employed basis and can express a preference for the type of fostering they would like to undertake. You don’t necessarily need to have a large house, just a warm and welcoming home with the space to give a child somewhere to call their own, and the time in your life to care for them. We provide all the training you need, as well as exceptional support, allowances and benefits.
Information sessions are taking place each month in each area. The next information sessions in west Cheshire are:
Fostering families and staff from across Cheshire East, Cheshire West and Chester, Halton and Warrington