Fostering is an important part of toddler welfare, making sure kids who cannot stay with their birth families get the affection and security they require to thrive. London fostering is a particular challenge for those who are at risk due to homelessness, abuse, and parental substance use issues, among others. Fortunately, it is also one of the most vital resources for those children who discover stability and nurture in a fostering placement.
Is there a shortage of foster carers UK?
Those who are interested in becoming foster parents in London should be aware of the requirements and expectations. They must be over 21, with a spare bedroom and a stable income, and undergo an extensive assessment to ensure their suitability. During the assessment process, prospective foster carers will meet with a social worker and attend an information evening. They will be asked to provide references, a medical report, and an identity statement. They will be asked about their own history and lifestyle, and they must pass the assessment before they can become a foster carer in London.
The Reflective Fostering study is being conducted by a research team in partnership with local authority fostering teams. Partnering local authorities include Kent, Hertfordshire, Bristol, Devon, Lancashire, and a consortium of the five London Boroughs (Barnet, Camden, Islington, Hackney, and Haringey). Additional local authorities may be recruited if recruitment is slower than expected.
The Reflective Fostering Programme is delivered in a series of 10 2-3-h sessions offered over a 14-week period. Facilitator pairs, who are experienced foster carers and registered social workers, deliver the sessions with participants from their case study local authorities. The sessions are audio and video recorded, with consent from all participants, and transcribed.