Central Bedfordshire Fostering Service
Central Bedfordshire Council provides its own foster carers, who are supported by the fostering service. Foster carers are required to undergo lots of checks to make sure that they are suitable to become foster carers and are required to attend training courses in being a foster carer.
The fostering service is responsible for providing foster placements that meets the needs of individuals, with tailored support and ensuring the placements are safe and stable.
Your foster placement will value and promote your cultural background, religious heritage and language. Your care plan will have information about contact arrangements with family and friends and your foster carer will support this plan.
Every foster carer will have an allocated social worker who will work alongside them to give advice and support and will visit regularly to ensure young people are given the best care.
It is hoped that a visit will be arranged to your new foster home before you move so that you can meet family members and ask any questions you may have. This is not always possible, so ask for some information about the new placement before you get there.
Foster carers are reviewed on a yearly basis to look at what they are good at and what help they might need during the next year to help care for children. You may be asked to contribute to this review and asked to complete a questionnaire.
There may be times when you live with foster carers that are supported by an agency; they are not part of the local authority and the foster carers will have their own social worker who will also be from the agency.
All fostering services including local authorities and agency fostering services have a Statement of Purpose which sets out what they will provide. The following page gives a summery of the Central Bedfordshire Council’s Fostering Service Statement of Purpose for Central Bedfordshire Council, if you would like to see the full Central Bedfordshire Council Statement of Purpose please speak to your social worker.
The Fostering Service is inspected by Ofsted as part of the Children in need of help and protection, children looked after and care leavers Inspection process to ensure the service meets the needs of children and young people who use the service. They inspect and regulate the quality of services and outcomes for children and young people in each local authority.
You can contact Ofsted to give your feedback on any aspect of your care.
Address: Ofsted, Notifications, Ofsted National Business Unit, Piccadilly Gate, Store Street, Manchester M12 WD
Tel: 0300 123 1231