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Knowsley Council increase foster carer skills payments

by Gemma Melling

Knowsley Council have announced an uplift in some of the skills payments paid to their in-house foster carers.

The skills payment boost will deliver increased financial support to Knowsley foster carers.

The overarching aim of the increase is to support the recruitment and retention of Knowsley foster carers during a national shortage of suitable carers.  It also supports the council’s strategic aim of placing children in local fostering placements as close as possible to their home, school, and support networks.

Cllr Margaret Harvey, Knowsley Council cabinet member for Children’s Services said: “Knowsley Council recognises and values it’s foster carers.

“They do a remarkable job every day ensuring some of our borough’s must vulnerable children are safe, cared for, supported, and loved.

“The uplift in the skills payment acknowledges the challenging role and the commitment of these individuals and families. It also recognises the unique nature of the skills needed and acquired to foster.

“We also want to ensure that we are offering a competitive payment scheme that supports the recruitment and retention of in-house foster carers.”

Foster carers make a significant difference in the lives of fostered children and young people, helping them to flourish and achieve their full potential.

There is an increasing need for more foster carers in Knowsley to care for children of all ages.

Fostering offers children and young people a home when they are unable to live with their own family. Sometimes children stay with a fostering family for a few days, while others can live with foster carers on a permanent basis.  Both types of fostering provide children and young people with a safe and loving home in what is a really difficult time for them.

By fostering with Knowsley Council, you will receive 24 hour support 7 days a week, specialised training, and you can be sure that you’re helping children and young people in your community who need you most.

If you would like to find out more about Fostering for Knowsley, please visit https://fostering.knowsley.gov.uk or call 01514433958.