Western Isles

The Oban Times - - Districts -

COMHAIRLE nan Eilean Siar is look­ing for foster car­ers for chil­dren and young peo­ple who are un­able to re­main in the care of their birth fam­i­lies.

A spokesper­son said: ‘We be­lieve all chil­dren have the right to live in a fam­ily, but if they are not able to live with their birth fam­ily, fos­ter­ing can pro­vide a pos­i­tive al­ter­na­tive.

‘ We need foster car­ers for a range of chil­dren, from ba­bies to teenagers, for short week­end breaks to a more per­ma­nent “for­ever” home. We need foster car­ers from all walks of life and back­grounds, in­clud­ing peo­ple who have chil­dren and those who don’t.

‘Any­one can be a foster carer as long as they have the qual­i­ties, skills and ex­pe­ri­ence re­quired to look after chil­dren in care.

‘ We ask that all ap­pli­cants, sin­gle or cou­ples, must be over 21 years old and have a spare room.

‘Ap­pli­cants do not have to be em­ployed or own their own home.

‘All ap­pli­cants will be sub­ject to lo­cal au­thor­ity, health, em­ploy­ment and pro­tec­tion of vul­ner­a­ble groups (PVG) checks.

‘We know that the main mo­ti­va­tion for be­com­ing a foster carer is not about the pay but we recog­nise the valu­able con­tri­bu­tion that foster car­ers make to the lives of chil­dren and young peo­ple who re­quire to be looked after away from home and we re­flect this in how we pay and sup­port our car­ers. We be­lieve that our car­ers should be prop­erly trained and sup­ported, equipped with the skills and con­fi­dence to fully ben­e­fit the chil­dren in their care.’

Con­tact the fos­ter­ing and adop­tion team on 01851 822748 or email fos­terin-gan­dadop­tion@cne-siar.gov.uk.

Sur­vey re­sults

THE Outer He­brides Com­mu­nity Plan­ning Part­ner­ship has been con­sult­ing com­mu­ni­ties through­out the is­lands look­ing at feed­back to in­form the pri­or­i­ties for im­prove­ments over the next few years.

As well as the on­line sur­vey, the group met with res­i­dents in two ar­eas to look at the in­for­ma­tion from the sur­vey in more de­tail.

Norman A Mac­Don­ald, chair­man of the plan­ning part­ner­ship, said: ‘ We had an ex­cel­lent re­sponse from the com­mu­nity and this was a very worth­while ex­er­cise.

‘It was very clear from the sur­vey re­sults what the main pri­or­i­ties for peo­ple are and we will con­tinue to work closely with our com­mu­ni­ties and part­ners to en­sure that we have a joined-up ap­proach mov­ing for­ward.’

De­tails can be found at www.ohcpp.org.uk.

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