Prospective foster carers asked to start their journey

Prospective foster carers asked to start their journey

Residents who can provide loving homes for young people are being encouraged to put themselves forward to join Wigan Council’s fostering network.

Anyone interested in becoming a foster carer can start their journey now, so placements for children and babies can be found as soon as possible

The recruitment drive comes as the council launches its Your Borough Needs You campaign, adapting to the new demands caused by the response to the Covid-19 outbreak.

Celebrating key workers and local volunteers in these unprecedented times, Your Borough Needs You, #We’veGotThis, is aiming to reach out to as many residents as possible to help in any way they can.

Councillor Jenny Bullen, cabinet member for children and families, said: “Our existing cohort of brilliant foster carers is doing a fantastic job, providing stability and reassurance to the children living with them during this uncertain time.

“I would like to thank them all for their commitment and support. But due to the current public health emergency there is an increased demand for placements.

“Like in local authority areas up and down the country, Covid-19 has impacted residents’ circumstances, whether that be financially or due to self-isolation.

“As a result, we are urging those who may have been thinking about fostering for a while, or those who may not have previously considered it but feel they can offer a loving home, to begin the process now.”

Wigan Council has made significant changes to ensure the fostering service can continue to run as normal while adhering to social-distancing guidelines and government requirements.

For example, virtual interviews and home tours are now being used to reduce face-to-face contact.

Coun Bullen added: “Our teams are working really hard to ensure new foster carers can be approved quickly, while continuing thorough checks.

“As corporate parents, the safety and wellbeing of our children and foster carers is of paramount importance to us and any placements will be made following strict government guidelines.

“As a result, we have made immediate changes to our way of working, including hosting virtual information sessions, providing tailored 1-2-1 training sessions and completing assessment sessions and home tours via video link.

“This new way of working allows us to continue delivering a vital service to help change the lives of the children and young people in our care.”

To find out more about the borough’s fostering service, please visit Fostering webpages or call 01942 487200, Monday- Friday 9am-5pm or email Fostering.team@wigan.gov.uk.

Posted on Thursday 16th April 2020
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