Fostering in the South East

We’re looking for warm, caring people who want to make a real difference through fostering. Become part of our friendly and professional team.

With extensive support and full training, you will be helping young people who may have experienced neglect, abuse or trauma. Scroll down to see what types of fostering we provide in your area.

Action for Children are a non-profit charity who are committed to:

  • Giving competitive generous fees in recognition of the professional role
  • Providing full on-going training
  • 24/7 support - you will always be able to speak to a social worker when you need to
  • Careful matching to make sure that you are the best carer for the child
  • Paid planned breaks so you can recharge your batteries

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For more information on our South East fostering service and the types of children we help click on the tab for your area.

Our Wessex Fostering service in Hampshire provides long and short term foster placements for children aged 8+

We continuously aim to provide safe, secure and stable family placements within the community so that the young person can experience a positive model of life for the future. Our visions and aims are also to ensure we fully understand our children and young people and their childhood experiences to provide a much more tailored plan to support their needs in particular their emotional needs to ensure they are able to build positive rapports and attachments with others.

Please note Action for Children are not currently recruiting carers in Hampshire who only wish to foster children under 8 years old.

Here is a brief description of the types of fostering we provide: 

Therapeutic led foster care

We are looking for experienced parents/carers to help provide secure long-term homes to children and young people who might otherwise find themselves in secure accommodation or experience multiple moves. Children and young people come to us at different ages and with different backgrounds, but all the children have similar early years experiences of trauma, abuse and/or neglect. We're working hard to help them recapture the childhoods they've missed. 

We know that all children require certain things from their parents at certain stages to allow them to develop and progress in their maturity. Sadly, the children that come to our service have missed developmental milestones and need love, nurture, appropriate emotional support and a sense of belonging within a family.

We help our foster parents to provide the children with sensitive, warm and nurturing experiences. We are developing a therapeutic space to guide foster parents in helping children learn to enjoy play and build trust with adults. Our 'trauma' and 'attachment' work is routed in the latest research on our neurological development and focusses on the detail of the child’s experience of their often terrifying world, seeking to reduce their anxiety through thoughtful comforting surroundings and activities that reduce stress. 

This new fostering approach recognises that children are unable to understand the language of the "childcare system" and are often confused and fearful of the processes within it. We all know children want to be like other children, hate being different, need to feel the same as others. Because of this, Social Workers will sometimes call themselves different names to ensure they don't raise anxiety and can form meaningful relationships the children understand. We wish to change the language much further and make it fit with any child’s experience where they can live in a 'home' not a 'placement', with 'foster parents' not 'carers' and where reviews are conducted sensitively to the child’s emotional developmental age.

As a foster parent with Action for Children you and your family will receive 24/7 support and have access to a team of caring, experienced professionals to equip you to provide the best long-term care to vulnerable children and young people. Foster parents providing therapeutic care can expect to receive a weekly payment of £440 (this includes an allowance for caring for the young person).

 

Mainstream foster care

Mainstream foster parents provide a safe and caring home for children and young people who cannot live with their own parents for a variety of reasons including neglect and many other issues. Whether for a few days or many years we will support you as you give emotional and practical support within your home. Foster parents providing mainstream care can expect to receive a weekly payment of £410 (this includes an allowance for caring for the young person).

 

Respite foster care

Respite carers provide much-needed cover during holidays and weekends. This gives full-time carers the chance to recharge their batteries and enables children to have new experiences. Respite foster care is also an opportunity for people considering fostering to get hands-on experience before committing fully.

 


 To download our Statement of Purpose, click here.

 

We run regular Information Events for you to come and meet our team and find out if fostering with Action for Children is right for you. Please feel free to come along:

Our next Information Event click here to view information or view in Facebook

 

Skills to Foster Training 

Anyone wishing to start the assessment process will be invited to attend our 3 day Skills to Foster training. See the dates of the next session here.

We're looking for caring people who live within the M25 boundary or the surrounding areas to help meet the needs of the most vulnerable children and young people through the provision of safe, secure and successful foster placements.

Please note Action for Children are not currently recruiting carers in London who wish to foster only children under 8 years old.

Here is a summary of the types of fostering we provide in the London area:

 

Mainstream foster care

Mainstream foster carers provide a safe and caring home for children aged between 8-17 years old who cannot live with their parents for a variety of reasons including neglect and many other issues. Placements can last for a few days or for many months. Foster carers providing mainstream care can expect to receive 24/7 support, regular training and supervision, and a weekly payment of £440 (this includes an allowance for caring for the young person).

 

Parent and child

You will be providing much needed support and supervision to young parents and their babies or young children. You will be supporting them in their ability to care for their own child and also providing an assessment of the young person’s parenting capacity. Foster carers providing care to a parent and child can expect to receive 24/7 support, regular and specialised training and supervision, equipment for the child as needed and a weekly payment of around £558.

 

Asylum-seeking minors

Many children arrive in the UK unaccompanied seeing refuge. Little is known about these young people and often language can be a barrier to understanding their needs.  Carers are desperately needed to help provide a safe home and lots of support.

 

Sibling groups

You will be helping brothers and sisters to stay together. Children in sibling groups may present the same range of emotional and behavioural issues as those above and need the same kind of secure, nurturing support.

However, carers will need more bedroom space and the added energy to devote to meeting the needs of a number of children at one time.

 

Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) and mixed parentage children

The number of BME and mixed parentage children in the care system is increasing year on year. We need foster carers from all backgrounds to provide positive role models for them as they move into adulthood.

 

Respite foster care

Respite carers provide much-needed cover during holidays and weekends. This gives full-time carers the chance to recharge their batteries and enables children to have new experiences.

Respite foster care is also an opportunity for people considering fostering to get hands-on experience before committing fully.

 

 


To download our Statement of Purpose, click here.

 

We run regular Information Events for you to come and meet our team and find out if fostering with Action for Children is right for you. Please feel free to come along:

Our next Information Event click here to view information or view in Facebook

 

Skills to Foster Training 

Anyone wishing to start the assessment process will be invited to attend our 3 day Skills to Foster training. See the dates of the next session here.

We are looking for foster carers who live in Maidstone and its surrounding area in Kent to provide safe homes for the most vulnerable children and young people.

Please note Action for Children are not currently recruiting carers in Kent who wish to foster only children under 8 years old.

Here are some of the types of fostering we provide in your area:

 

Mainstream foster care

Mainstream foster carers provide a safe and caring home for children aged between 8-17 years old  who cannot live with their parents for a variety of reasons including neglect and many other issues. Placements can last for a few days or for many years. Foster carers providing mainstream care can expect to receive 24/7 support, regular training and supervision, and a weekly payment of £410 (this includes an allowance for caring for the young person).

 

Parent and child

You will be providing much needed support and supervision to young parents and their babies or young children. You will be supporting them in their ability to care for their own child and also providing an assessment of the young person’s parenting capacity. Foster carers providing care to a parent and child can expect to receive 24/7 support, regular and specialised training and supervision, equipment for the child as needed and a weekly payment of around £505.

  

Sibling groups

You will be helping brothers and sisters to stay together. Children in sibling groups may present the same range of emotional and behavioural issues as those above and need the same kind of secure, nurturing support.

However, carers will need more bedroom space and the added energy to devote to meeting the needs of a number of children at one time.

 

Asylum-seeking minors

Many children arrive in the UK unaccompanied seeing refuge. Little is known about these young people and often language can be a barrier to understanding their needs.  Carers are desperately needed to help provide a safe home and lots of support.

 

Respite foster care

Respite carers provide much-needed cover during holidays and weekends. This gives full-time carers the chance to recharge their batteries and enables children to have new experiences.

Respite foster care is also an opportunity for people considering fostering to get hands-on experience before committing fully.

 


 

To download our Statement of Purpose, click here.

 

We run regular Information Events for you to come and meet our team and find out if fostering with Action for Children is right for you. Please feel free to come along:

 

Our next Information Event click here to view information or view in Facebook

 

Skills to Foster Training 

Anyone wishing to start the assessment process will be invited to attend our 3 day Skills to Foster training. See the dates of the next session here.

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