At Alliance Foster Care we value every single one of our carers so to help them provide stability, encouragement and a loving home to a vulnerable child or young person, we are committed to providing:
- A dedicated, experienced and fully qualified Supervising Social Worker who will be allocated to you to provide one-to-one tailored support.
- Access to practical, rapid support on a 24-hour basis, all year round from Supervising Social Workers and Team Managers who know you.
- A generous financial package for each child in placement that helps support them, but also values you as part of the team.
- 14 days paid holiday a year (respite).
- Phone calls and visits from your Supervising Social Worker as often as you need.
- A personal training plan that included mentoring, face to face training, online courses, workshops and Level 3 Diploma Children and Young People’s Workforce.
- Invites to local support groups that meet once a month for either a lunch or a workshop.
- Access to the agency’s consultant psychotherapist for 1:1 support or training events on secure based parenting, attachment and trauma.
- Access to a dedicated children and young people’s support worker and an Education Support Worker.
- A membership with FosterTalk, offering specialised independent support.
- Birth children support, activities and fun days.
- Lots of fun and laughs at our social events.
- A fulfilling career that makes a difference to children’s lives.
In addition to the agency, we also have the Alliance Hub that provides a wide range of activities for our children and young people:
- Parent & Child: Education advice and guidance for parents under 18, information sessions and workshops, parenting assessments, importance of play and attachment, advice service on housing and benefits and program of independent living skills.
- Contact Venue: Delivering supervised and unsupervised contact. Assessment of contact and reports to LA
Life Story Work: Completion of life story books, support/ training for foster carers and direct work with children.
- Consultation: A board of young people who can advise on the development of service delivery.
- Holiday Club: Organised activities for children and young people to offer carers some respite during the long school holidays.
- Caring Kids: A fun informal group for the birth children of foster carers looking at the issues that arise in fostering families.
- TeenZone: For teenagers who foster or are fostered to meet make new friendships, encourage engagement and have some fun.
- Theraplay: Direct work, training for foster carers and training for staff.
The support that we provide to our carers has developed over a number of years and is based on what our carers tell us they need; each foster carer has a genuine voice and is a valued part of the agency. Our foster carers help to develop the services we provide which ensures we get it just right and on the occasion we don’t; we listen to what we need to improve on.
We believe that children and young people who have to live away from their families deserve the best possible chance to live somewhere safe where they can come to terms with past difficulties, develop their self-esteem, enjoy good health, and be encourage to learn new things.