You will welcome a child with additional needs into your home and will provide them with personal care, learning and emotional support and a loving family environment. You will be supported by a network or Credo Care staff, carers and other professionals to help you to provide a stable and highly nurturing home environment.
Ideally you will have previous experience caring for children or adults with disabilities, but we carefully consider every enquiry. If you have a spare room, a keen interest in working with very special young people and a loving home environment to offer, specialist fostering could be an extremely rewarding career and lifestyle for you.
Credo Carers are paid an allowance based on their training and experience up to £555, and we encourage all carers to attend as much training as possible. You will be entitled to tax relief on income from fostering and will be eligible for National Insurance credits, which count towards your State Pension.
You will complete a Skills to Foster course with other carers during the assessment process. Our core training will be provided to you within 12 months of approval, and includes the Training, Support and Development Standards course (TSD). you may also receive child-specific training prior to a placement. Regular training is offered and some elements of the core training programme will need to be renewed periodically.
You will be assigned a dedicated Supervising Social Worker who will be your first point of call for support, training requests or just for a friendly chat. They will meet with you once a month to measure the progress of your foster child.
A respite allowance is offered, where another Credo Carer will look after your foster child to give you a break. You can claim back any unused respite allowance.
Regular support groups will give you the opportunity to meet with other Credo Carers. Mentor carers are also available to support you in the early days of a placement.