Who are we?
We are the fostering team for three London boroughs – Hammersmith & Fulham, Kensington and Chelsea and Westminster.
Fostering can be a rewarding and a life-changing experience for you and the child you are helping. And it’s easier than you think. We desperately need more Foster Carers in Hammersmith & Fulham, Kensington and Chelsea and Westminster as we have nearly 400 children in need of short-term or long-term care.
By opening up your heart and your home you can give our children a chance in life and the future they deserve. Give us your love and support and in exchange you will be rewarded with training, and one to one support and mentoring every step of the way.
You could earn up to £1,500 a month and receive extra allowances to help provide holidays and birthday presents for the child you are caring for.
What is fostering?
- looking after someone else’s child in your own home when his or her family are unable to look after them
- fostering placements may last for short periods to support a family through a crisis (a matter of days or weeks) or for longer periods of months or even years
- some children who are unable to return to their birth families may be permanently fostered
- providing a safe, stable and nurturing environment allowing children to thrive and develop
- helping a child or young person to come to terms with difficult issues
- helping children and young people to maintain contact with their birth families
- working as part of a professional network to support plans for the child or young person
- a career and lifestyle choice
Fostering is not always easy. It can be challenging and stressful at times, but it can also be enormously rewarding and a lot of fun.
“Fostering is not just about making room in your house, it’s about opening up your heart.” Stella, a foster carer for five years.
Who will I be caring for?
Children and young people from birth to 18 years old may need temporary, or sometimes permanent support.
Children and young people in foster care come from a variety of backgrounds and ages.
There are also children with disabilities, sibling groups and young parents with children.
Each child’s story is different and unique to them, although many children need a foster home for the following reasons:
- a temporary crisis in their family
- parents struggling to cope
- physical, sexual or emotional abuse
- has been in trouble with the police and needs extra support outside their family
- drug or alcohol difficulties in the family
- violence in the family
What support will I be offered?
The fostering service offers a comprehensive package of support and training to all its foster carers:
- ‘Skills to Foster’ preparation training to give you an understanding of fostering for the Tri-Borough and prepare you for your role as a professional foster carer
- you will have your own supervising social worker who will visit you at least every six weeks to guide and support you, identifying any training needs that you might have
- ongoing training to help you develop your skills and knowledge as a foster carer. All carers also have the opportunity to complete the QCF (formerly known as NVQ) Caring for Children and Young People qualification
- support and guidance to complete the Children’s Workforce Development Council (CWDC) standards
- accessible support groups to enable you to share your experiences with other carers
- support for other members of your household
- social events for foster carers over the course of the year
- bonus payments in recognition of long service
- access to a wide range of professional support from education, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) and health
- an annual award ceremony with the Mayor(s)
- membership to the Fostering Network
- a weekly fee and allowance in line with the national minimum recommended amount
- access to an emergency duty team outside office hours