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What support do Foster Carers receive?

In our experience, the other key to success is support for foster carers. We believe our foster carers deserve the right support and we know that when foster carers feel supported and valued, they are more able to manage the challenges they are faced with. This will ensure stability, consistency and continuity for care for the children and young people.

Allocated social workers

Each of our Foster Carers are allocated a fully qualified and experienced Supervising Social Worker.

They will be the first port of call for advice and support and will visit the placement regularly and be able to build a relationship with the family.

At People Who Foster, the ratios of Foster Carers to Supervising Social Workers is kept low to ensure that each Supervising Social Worker has the time to dedicate to each of their Foster Carers and that this resource is not overstretched.


We offer 24 hour support, 7 days a week, 365 days a year via our on-call system.

We appreciate that the responsibilities of our foster carers do not end outside office hours, so our on-call support ensures that there is always someone at the end of the phone if advice and support is needed.

Paid respite

In addition to the 24 hours support each of our foster carers receive 21 nights paid respite per annum and a generous fostering allowance. Please contact us to find out more.

Do Foster Carers receive any training?

People Who Foster are committed to providing a comprehensive training programme for all our Foster Carers.

We will provide the necessary training to support Foster Carers to complete the Training, Support and Development (TSD) standards which form part of the National Minimum Standards within 12-18 months of approval.

Alongside this a rolling programme of core training with the addition of more advanced training will be offered.

We appreciate that our Foster Carers lead very busy lives and therefore we are flexible with our approach to facilitating training to ensure it is achievable.

We will provide training facilitated both by staff at People Who Foster and external providers, alongside online training.