As a foster carer your role would be to meet the needs of a child in your care. You'll be working as part of a team to ensure a child's physical, emotional, social, educational and developmental needs are met.
Meeting the needs of the child
Physical development and good health
- Keeping children safe from harm.
- Promoting self care.
- Providing a healthy balanced diet.
- Providing access to medical attention.
- Refrain from using physical punishment to discipline them.
- Encouraging a child to have good self-esteem.
- Promoting and supporting a sense of identity.
- Seeing the child as an individual.
- Providing opportunities to spend time with a child.
- Promoting the development of secure attachments.
- Providing consistency and stability.
- Nurturing and promoting a child's cultural, racial and religious identity.
- Facilitating and supporting contact with the child's birth family as appropriate.
- Encouraging the child to make friends.
- Encouraging them to socialise and build support networks through joining clubs or groups.
- Understanding the value of contact with other fostered children.
- Encouraging a child to reach their full potential.
- Taking an active interest in the child's education, including in their homework.
- Working closely with the child's school.
- Promoting and encouraging learning.
- Supporting a child's attendance at school.
- Advocating for the child's individual needs.
Additional fostering responsibilities
- Understanding that fostering is a family task which will impact on you, your family and friends.
- Establishing support systems for a child and other family members.
- Maintaining comprehensive records of your placements.
- Working alongside professionals.
- Attend training.