One of our four key priorities as a Local Authority is to support vulnerable people. In the case of fostering we are talking about children – from birth through to 18 years.
Around 600 children and young people in our care need fostering. Every one of their stories is unique and we make sure we treat every child as an individual.
There are some recurring themes that result in the children/young people being placed in our care. These are:
- Their parents may have additional needs such as mental health, drug or alcohol-related problems that affect their ability to properly care for them.
- They may have experienced relationship problems and tensions at home.
- They may have experienced neglect or abuse at home.
- They may have been an unaccompanied asylum seeker child.
We have children and young people in our care of all ages – siblings who are desperate to stay together, disabled children and teenagers – all from different cultures and backgrounds.
Our dedicated social work team, work tirelessly to support these children and young people during challenging times.
At the same time they are also looking for suitable foster carers to help keep them safe and put care, support and stability back into the lives of our children and young people.
But, there are simply not enough people available to care for the children – this is why we need you to come forward.