We provide the highest levels of support to our carers and the children they look after. With one of the lowest carer to social worker ratios in the industry we will work side by side with you to provide the support you need to become successful in your role as a foster carer. We also provide local support groups where carers can talk confidentially and offer each other advice and reassurance.
In a recent review by the Care Inspectorate we were graded a 5, ‘Very Good’, for the care and support we offer to our carers, this is a fantastic achievement for us and one that we’re very proud of. Of course we are always seeking to improve as we continue on our journey to make a positive and lasting difference to children in Scotland.
If you’re interested in reading the full report, you can do so on the Care Inspectorate website.
We offer a competitive package of financial support and a wealth of extra benefits including up to 14 days paid respite per year and free membership to FosterTalk. This provides free legal and financial advice, regular promotional offers and a quarterly magazine.
As one of the largest fostering agencies in Scotland, we work closely with Local Authorities, receiving regular referrals for new foster placements each week. As well as working directly with your local team to complete a carer profile that promotes your skills and experience, we also ensure that the right placements are made for you and the child. As a result, over 95% of children placed with our carers have been settled for 6 months or longer.
We are passionate about your personal and professional development and provide regular training and the opportunity to study for formal qualifications. This includes the SVQ3 Social Services (Children & Young People) SCQ F Level 7.
We have a packed calendar of local and national events that all our fostering families are invited to attend. In addition to our annual international Football Tournament and our national singing contest, you’ll find our carers and young people in theme parks, zoos, bowling alleys, campsites, beaches and forests taking part in a whole host of activities. It’s really important that children in foster care and children whose parents foster have the chance to talk to each other and know that there are others in the same situation, so, we also run groups and activities just for young people.
If you would like some more information to help you decide whether fostering is for you all you need to do is contact us.
Call us on 0141 646 4805 (lines open Monday – Friday: 9am – 5pm)
Fostering a child or young person is a big decision so we’re here to answer any questions you may have. Our friendly fostering advisors can talk you through everything you need to know about becoming a foster carer.
Outside of these hours please call 0800 434 6000. Freephone lines open Mon to Thurs – 5pm to 8pm.