COULD YOU MAKE A DIFFERENCE TO THE LIFE OF A LOCAL CHILD?
Ealing Council is asking local residents to open their homes and hearts to local children in care. The UK is experiencing a shortage of foster carers and this is no different within Ealing: on average 15 children, in Ealing, are taken into care each month. Ealing Council is looking for individuals and couples that can provide a safe and stable environment to children and young people in their care. If you enjoy caring for children, fostering is an opportunity to make a real difference to the lives of local children. The children are of all ages, from babies to young people preparing to become independent. They come from different backgrounds and may be on their own or with siblings. Some of the children may also have disabilities or other special needs. Ealing Council understands that whilst rewarding, fostering can sometimes be a challenging experience, so its fostering team provides access to support 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The council also provides an extensive training programme enabling you to gain a nationally recognised qualification. You can also develop the skills you may already have, as well as gaining new skills to help you in your role as a foster carer. Inadditiontosupportandtraining,Ealingofferallowances of between £257 to £446 per week dependent on the age of the child and your experience. They also offer respite, holiday and retention allowances, subject to qualifying criteria. For those who are already approved foster carers, Ealing Council may be able to fast-track their assessment. Monthly information sessions are held at Ealing Town Hall. Each session provides an overview of what fostering involves, the different fostering services provided through the council as well as the journey to approval, including training and assessment. For more information about fostering or to book your place at an information session, call Freephone
0800 731 6550 or email firstname.lastname@example.org alternatively you can visit www.ealing.gov.uk