At our fostering agency, we’ve always stressed that when you become a foster carer with us you are a professional entering into a key role within our team looking after children and young people placed in care. You are the linchpin in the whole process. Without you there is no cohesion. You have been and always will be the professional partner in our team when you apply and work with us.
Lockdown challenges and benefits
Whilst lockdown life has certainly delivered the foster care sector a range of challenges, our team has adapted to the necessary changes and unexpected benefits have come to the fore.
We’ve certainly been made aware of how children have felt more stable, loved and secure and this is because of the crucial role of the foster carer.
There’s also been changes in how meetings are conducted, as they are done remotely via video calls. As a result, children and young people are adapting well to this with a noted improvement in engagement. This could be to do with how children find technology second nature, they are digital natives after all. Perhaps with the familiarity of technology and meetings taking place in the comfort of the home has helped make the process of meetings more informal. As a result, appealing to young people and so improving engagement.
As with many other sectors, the pandemic is likely to lead to aspects of change in certain areas of practice after lockdown.
At OwnLife, we are child focussed, the health and safety of children and young people are at the heart of all that we do. If the response to remote meetings is helping wellbeing, then that’s all we need to know. And so, we’ll continue to work closely with our foster carer professional partners to shape future practice.
Professional career as a foster carer
When you enter the role of a foster carer you are a professional in what you do.
We place a strong emphasis on recruitment of the right person and the assessment and matching service is thorough. That’s because children who come into care have already had a difficult start to life, they don’t need any further upheaval.
So, that’s why we look for the right foster carer for the role to provide a safe, secure and loving home that is stable for the short or long-term – whatever time is needed for a placement.
We’re currently recruiting foster carers in and around South London and Kent including Merton, Sutton, Lambeth, Southwark and Bromley. Get in touch if you’re interested in becoming a foster carer in the London area or are looking to transfer foster agency. Talk to us about the types of fostering, how we work as an independent fostering agency, how we work with local authorities and let’s start (or continue) your fostering journey together.
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