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Foster Carers with the new Knowsley Deal for Foster Carers

Knowsley Council launch a new ‘Deal’ for Foster Carers

by Gemma Melling

Foster Carers, along with council officials, pledged their support for a new Fostering Deal which offers foster carers in Knowsley an increase in training opportunities, housing options and much more.

The Fostering Deal will provide many existing fostering families with additional support which includes an increase in the available training, support and long service awards. It is hoped the new package offered to foster carers will not only help retain current fosters carers but will also encourage more people to join them.

The council hopes to increase the number of foster carers

The Fostering Deal forms part of Knowsley Council’s plan to increase the number of fostering placements in the borough, enabling more children to be placed locally with in-house foster carers. It also forms part of the council’s Knowsley Better Together programme that recognises more can be achieved by pooling resources, expertise and ideas, bringing people and organisations together for the benefit of Knowsley and its residents.

Providing safe, loving homes for every child

Cllr Margaret Harvey with Rita Dignall, Chair of the Knowsley Foster Carers Association

Cllr Margaret Harvey with Rita Dignall, Chair of the Knowsley Foster Carers Association

Councillor Harvey, Cabinet Member of Children Services said “Recruiting high quality foster carers is of paramount importance to ensure we can continue to provide safe, loving family homes for every child. We recognise that being a foster carer means no two days are the same and they can face many challenges. Which is why we hope this Deal demonstrates our promise to provide a high level of ongoing support and training to all carers.

“We have worked closely with our experienced foster carers to shape the Fostering Deal, providing an opportunity to develop their role through training, mentoring, involvement in local support groups, recruiting other foster carers and developing a host of skills that will enhance the expertise of all Knowsley foster carers and positively impact the future generation.”

The Knowsley Fostering Deal also outlines ways in which the council view foster carers health and wellbeing as priority and how they aim to look after foster carers, their families and the children in their care.

Case study: Foster Carer Jayne chose to move to the council from a fostering agency

Jayne transferred from a private agency in 2018. She says: “I had been a foster carer for 16 years with a private fostering agency before I chose to transfer to Knowsley.  I love being a foster carer but it is a 24/7 role and we never switch off.  As a result we need support for our own emotional health and wellbeing and I didn’t receive this from the private agency I was with which is why I chose to transfer to Knowsley.

She adds: “There is often a myth that private agencies provide a higher level of support but this most definitely isn’t the case in my experience. I have received excellent support from the team in Knowsley and it’s clear that they care about their foster carers and offer a high level of support, and specialised training whenever we need it.  It’s the best decision I have ever made and I would encourage others to do the same.”

Want to find out more?

If you are interested in becoming a foster carer, or transferring to Knowsley Council like Jayne, Knowsley’s fostering team will be taking the Fostering Deal to you with their roadshow.  There’s no need to book, just come along and have a chat with the team on one of following dates:

Tuesday 1 October at Kirkby Library, 10am -12.30pm.

Saturday 5 October at Costa Coffee Kirkby, 10am – 12.30pm.

Friday 18 October at Halewood Library, 2pm-4.30pm.

Thursday 24 October at Huyton Library 10am – 12noon.

Tuesday 5 November at Prescot Library, 2pm-4.30pm.

If you would like to find out more about fostering or if you are an existing Foster Carer who is thinking about transferring, then get in touch with Knowsley’s Fostering Service who would be delighted to speak to you about it.  Call 0151 443 3959 or visit the Foster for Knowsley website.