What support will I receive as an Enhanced Foster carers?
Alongside the skills workshops our Enhanced carers will come together every four weeks for their therapeutic processing group. Clinical consultations will be provided whereby Enhanced carers have the opportunity to discuss and gain support from our therapist and fellow Enhanced carers on their experiences of caring for traumatised children and young people.
Each Enhanced carer will receive a higher level of supervision in terms of frequency and an Enhanced carer can expect to meet with their social worker either weekly or at least fortnightly.
We also have a twenty-four hour specialist help-line for those situations where a consultation with an Enhanced mentor is required.
In addition to the higher level of supervision we also provide an outreach worker to support the placement. The outreach worker is available to work one to one with the child or young person or to offer specific areas of development for the foster parent. This is a generic service so the outreach worker is very much available to support the placement wherever the foster parent believes they best require the support.
Management input is at its greatest with a dedicated manager overseeing the service for Enhanced placements.
Is there any other additional support available?
Our Service also includes for our Enhanced carers to have regular respite breaks and such breaks are devised with the child’s and young person in mind. Where for any reason respite breaks are not in the best interest of the child/young person than we will provide day respite to ensure our Enhanced carers have time for themselves.