Central Bedfordshire Council’s Fostering Statement of Purpose
Central Bedfordshire Council’s Fostering Statement of Purpose
The government has asked us to make sure all children and young people who are in foster care and their families are aware of Central Bedfordshire Council’s Fostering Service and what they do. This information has been written in what is called the Statement of Purpose.
You can ask to see a full copy of the statement of purpose but here is a summery of the main points.
The statement includes information about –
- The staff that make up the fostering services which includes a Head of Service, a Practice Manager, two Team Managers, senior practitioners, social workers, a social work assistant, a training co-ordinator and a recruitment and marketing officer
- How we find foster carers, train and support them
- The number of foster carers we have
- How to make a complaint and what will happen if you do
- What fostering services are provided by Central Bedfordshire Council
The main Aims and Objectives of the Statement of Purpose
- To provide a high quality Fostering Service to children, their birth parents, foster carers and social work colleagues.
- To provide foster placements that meets the needs of children requiring such a placement.
- To ensure safe, stable and consistent care for every child placed in foster care.
- To ensure that the ethnic origin, cultural background, religious heritage and language of children are fully recognised, valued and promoted.
- To recruit a range of foster carers from diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds to meet the needs of children needing placements.
- To provide support services that promotes and enables the retention of foster carers.
- To ensure that, at all times, the services provided are effective and that practices are clear, open, honest and fair to all Service users.
- To ensure that foster carers are enabled to promote positive outcomes for children placed with them
- To actively promote and support training opportunities for all foster carers.
- To ensure that the Fostering Service meets Fostering Regulations, National Minimum Standards and best practice.
Where you live
When you first come into care, your social worker will look at all your needs and try to find a home which will meet these. Where possible and as long as it is safe then we will try to keep you as near to your local area so that you can stay close to your friends and family and stay at the same school or college. This may not always be possible, if you need to move away from Bedfordshire then the reasons will be explained and we will try to make sure that you keep in contact with those people who are important to you.
When you are living away from home you may be living with foster carers or in a residential home. Before you move to your new home and where possible you will be taken on a pre-placement visit to make sure you are happy with your new home.
When you visit your new home you will be given some information about your new carers or key workers, this will also give you the opportunity to ask any questions about your new home.
The Children in Care Council have created some questions which you may want to ask –
- When will I see my family / friends?
- Will I stay at the same school?
- What are the rules of the house?
- How much and when do I get my pocket money?
- What time do I need to be in at week / weekends?
- If I am moved away from Bedfordshire will someone be able to show me round so I know where things are?
Your new home may be a residential home, this is where you will live with other young people and you will have residential workers who will be there to support you 24 hours a day. You will have a named key worker who will work with you to ensure all your needs are met.
Some young people are able to live with family members or family friends who are able and assessed to look after you. You will continue to have support from a social worker and the people you live with will also have support from the fostering service.
A copy of your care plan will be given to your new placement so that they know what your needs are, you may also like to ask for some information about your placement so you know what to expect.
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