Transferring from another agency
If you are already registered as a foster carer with an independent fostering agency or Local Authority and are planning to relocate to another area or for any other reason, we would be happy to discuss arranging a transfer to Pride.
Whether there is a reason you are considering moving to Pride or are just looking for a new challenge, be assured that as a foster carer you have a right to change agencies.
This basic right is enshrined within the Fostering Network ‘Protocol for The Transfer of carers between Agencies’ document, this has been widely adopted as the accepted process for managing the transfer of foster carers from one agency to another.
The protocol states:
‘The transfer of carers protocol is based on the assumption that carers have the right to freedom of movement between fostering services; and the principle that, in all circumstances, the welfare of any child in placement must be paramount’ (Fostering Network 2014)
The first consideration must always be not to disrupt the children’s placement and to enable you to continue the positive work you have achieved to date with the minimal amount of disruption.
The initial step is to arrange a visit from one of our Social Workers who will discuss the viability of transferring across to Pride Fostering Service. They will explain the process around the requirement for Pride to undertake an assessment and to present this to our Fostering Panel and seek approval and registration as a Pride foster carer.
If you have children or young people currently placed with you, in the majority of cases following a protocol meeting with the placing Local Authority, an agreement can be reached for the children to transfer to Pride with you. Pride will always give a commitment to maintaining the current terms of the placement to both you and the placing local authority. This means that you will usually continue to receive the same level of payment, expenses and services to support the child for the duration of the placement, where these exceed those currently provided by Pride.
If you are considering transferring to another agency and currently do not have any children in placement, then the process is far simpler.
For further information on transferring to Pride contact our Recruitment Team on 01582 433775 who will arrange a home visit from one of our Social Workers to discuss the process further.