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Why Choose Five Rivers Fostering Service?

Five Rivers Fostering Service Statement of Purpose

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Five Rivers Fostering

At Five Rivers, we offer a bespoke package of training and support to our carers – to meet their needs and those of the children and young people in placement. We listen to what carers want and need!

As well as available provision from us, our carers can support, encourage and learn from each other through our ‘buddy’ system. In addition to this, we offer day care support/babysitting and support groups where information can be shared, and any concerns can be raised with our highly trained, professional and supportive team who are open, honest and approachable.

We offer round the clock support – you will be supported by your Supervising Social Worker who will meet with you at least monthly and be in regular contact with you by phone and email.

We provide you with one to one support; our Supervising Social Workers typically have lower workloads than a local authority and many other Individual Fostering Services meaning that we can offer more responsive and bespoke support.

You will have access to our out of hours on call service which is staffed by our Supervising Social Workers who are supported by a Registered Manager. You will also be invited to our foster care support group meetings and will have membership to the Fostering Network.

Our commitment to you

We are committed to providing a careful matching process to ensure that the needs of the children and young people are met by the skills and experience of our foster carers.

Five Rivers Fostering Service has dedicated Placement Officers who are the first point of contact for enquiries about placement choices and who liaise closely with supervising social workers, foster carers and local authorities to ensure the best possible match for the child or young person and foster carer.

We provide extensive training and professional development opportunities as well as additional support from specialists such as education support workers, therapeutic practitioners and family support workers.

We provide a competitive weekly allowance as well as respite and holiday pay and we organise frequent activity days for children and days out in school holiday breaks.

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