When you are in care we will do our best to keep you near to your home so that you can continue to see your family and friends and keep going to your own school.

Wherever you live it is the responsibility of Barnet to make sure you are safe and well. Did you know that not all children and young people who are ‘looked after’ live in a foster home. Here are some examples of the different placements where they may live.

  •  family or close family friends

  • foster carers

  •  in a residential home

  • or semi-independent

The word ‘Placement’ means where you are living. Which placement are you in?

Family and friends
Some children and young people are cared for by someone in their own family like their grandparents, uncle, aunty or a close family friend. These family members or a friend will be assessed like foster carers as they will need to show that thy can care for you and meet your needs. Everyone wants to see you grow and develop to become a confident and independent young adult.

Foster Carers
Foster carers look after children and young people in their own home. There are lots of foster carers who have been specially trained and assessed to look after other people’s children. You are very important and we want to make sure you are well looked after. They are responsible for looking after you while you live with them and you should be treated the same as any other member of their family and feel part of it.

Living in a residential home
A residental home is when you live with other young people and you are looked after by some adults on site. The adults are employed to work at the residential homes and will work as a team to offer you support during the day and night. You will have a ‘Key Worker’ who has the responsibility for looking after you and making sure you feel safe and secure.

Semi-independent
The primary task of  Semi-independent is to assist young people to develop practical, emotional, relationships, resilience and financial skills to achieve a successful transition form care to independent living, within a safe caring framework.

 

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Foster Carer

What is foster care?
Children and young people are fostered for different reasons. Foster care is a family home for children to come and live when they cannot live with their own families.

What are foster carers like?
Foster carers are people who share their home and care for children and young people. They are carefully checked and are trained to make sure they can offer a safe and comfortable home. Some foster carers live alone, other are married with or without children of their own or other fostered children may live with them. In Barnet, children and young people are given a profile (information) of the foster carers , telling you about them before you move in.

Will my foster carer be right for me?
There is a Placement Team, whose job is to know which foster carers are available. Social workers will look for foster carers who are the right ones to care for you. They will try and find families that share your language, culture and religion. Our job is to make sure you go to a safe family.

What do foster carers do?
They provide a home for you and they keep you safe. They listen to your concerns or worries and talk to you about how to keep safe both at home and outside. They will talk to you about relationships and help you to make positive choices. Foster carers help you to do well at school and college and help make sure that you are healthy. They will also help you think about the things you may want to do well like playing sport, making music or following other interests. Your foster carers will give you pocket money and show you how to save money. They will take you to interesting places and help you to enjoy yourself and have friendships.

Living in foster care
Your foster carer will welcome you into their home, want to find out about you and hear what questions you have, so you can get to know each other. They will spend time talking to you about some of the basic household rules in your foster home, like bedtime and dinner time, the times when you can watch TV or use the computer. You can discuss these things together.

What is expected of you?
- Show respect to the family and house rules
- Join in family activities and events
- Come home at the time that has been agreed
- Go to school and do your homework and coursework
- Let your foster carers know where you are going

What can I expect from my foster carer?
- They will make time to listen to you and support you with anything upsetting you
- They will celebrate with you your birthdays and holidays
- They will make sure you visit the doctor and dentist regularly
- They will give you nutritious food to keep you healthy
- They will support your education and schooling and encourage you to do your best
- They will agree and tell you what pocket money you will receive each week and what money is being spent on you and that is being saved for you.
- Get emotional support
- Any other additional support
- Having contact with friends and family