- Pre-approval training which covers information and skills you need in your fostering journey.
- Induction training- what you expect to from us and access to support
- Ongoing face to face and online training such as Attachment and Loss, Safeguarding, First Aid, Safer Caring, Managing Challenging Behaviour and more.
New To Fostering
Fostering provides a way of giving children and young people who are unable to live with their own families, a stable family life.
Children and young people in care come from a diverse range of backgrounds and cultures and will have different behaviours based on their experiences. Some may have experienced trauma before coming into care.
Fostering provides a way of giving children and young people who are unable to live with their own families, a stable family life. Children get the chance to flourish in a loving and caring home environment which offers them love, stability and protection and a place to grow and develop with the help of foster carers who are devoted to understanding the needs of that child.
TYPES OF FOSTERING
There are many different types of fostering, and if you’re thinking of becoming a foster carer you may want to consider what is best for you.
Emergency care is used for short notice or unplanned situations, for example, if the parent is taken into custody and there is no one to care for the child.
Emergency foster carers need to be ready to bring a child into their home at any time of the day and care for them for a certain number of days.
Short-term foster care is where a foster carer accommodates a child or young person for a short period until the child can return to their birth family, or until a long-term fostering placement can be found for them. Short-term foster care can last from one night to several months.
This is also referred to as permanent foster care and involves cases where a child or young person may not be able to return to their birth family for a long time or until they are old enough to leave care at 18years of age.
Long term care gives a child the opportunity to stay with a family where they can be nurtured and feel safe. Most of the time the child is able to keep in contact with their birth family.
Children come can enter into care for various reasons, such as problems within the family or a parent with an illness who may be unable to care for their child, while some children and young people have gone through abusive domestic circumstances.
As more children come into the care of Local Authorities, foster carers are needed across England and Wales. Fostering provides the opportunity to give a child or young person the opportunity to live in a loving and stable family environment while it is not possible to live with their own family.
Being a foster parent is an amazing and rewarding role that can help bring children the stability they need to thrive and achieve their best outcomes.
When you join Vineyard Fostering, you are supported through your journey with training and the support you need to make a difference in a child’s life.
CAN I FOSTER?
We are always looking for foster carers from diverse backgrounds because every child is unique with their own identity.
We welcome foster carers from all walks of life. We do, however, have set criteria as follows:
- You need to be over 21
- You need to have time for the child, therefore, if you work full time, you may find this challenging, however, there are some exceptions.
- You need to be a full-time resident in the UK or have leave to remain
- You need a spare bedroom suitable for a young person to stay in
- You will need a lot of patience, resilience, energy and commitment
- You do not have to be a parent as we will give you lots of training
- You do not need qualifications or experience in childcare
- You do not have to be in work