Are you fostered?
Are you fostered?
What is a foster carer?
Foster carers are people who want to help look
after you, while you are unable to stay with your family.
They will do all they can to help you feel safe and cared for while
you are away from your family. They will listen to what you
want and help you stay in touch with your family and friends.
Everyone in Children’s Services will help your
foster carers to look after you properly.
The foster care team prepare, train and
supervise our foster carers so they can look after you
properly. They and your social worker are part of children’s
services and will work with you and your family to give you the
best care that they can.
What to expect when you are fostered.
You have the right…
- Not to be spoken to in a nasty or hurtful
- Not to be made to feel bad about
- Not to be hurt in any way
- To be talked to and listened to about plans
or decisions made about you
- To be helped in talking about your wishes and
- To be offered the right sort of school and
- To be helped to keep in touch with all
important people in your life .The only exceptions may be if
someone has to be with you when you meet with family (called
supervised contact) or where we think that contact may be unsafe
- To make a complaint. You can do this yourself
or get someone to do this for you. This will be sorted out
- To ask for, or approach an Independent
Advocate for advice and support. They will talk to people on your
behalf if you want them to. The names and numbers are on the back
of this leaflet.
- You have the right to feel safe and
Some Frequently Asked Questions:
It is scary going to live with strangers. All families are different, so you will feel strange at first. Foster carers understand this and will do their best to make you feel welcome and comfortable.
Tell them how you feel and what you do and do not like. Ask them questions e.g. do I get pocket money? Can I choose what to eat? Can I use the phone?
Foster carers will tell you the rules and routines in their house so you know what to expect. Do not worry if people make mistakes. It will take a little time to get used to each other and work things out together.
Foster carers receive information about you and your family so they know something about you. They will welcome you bringing your favourite and familiar things with you. We try and choose a foster family that is as close to your family as possible. We want you to have as much contact with your family and friends as you can. It would be good if you could carry on with the same clubs, youth clubs, etc.
Please try to talk to your foster carer first. Questions and worries can usually be sorted out easily. If this is not possible, talk to your social worker.
You may want to make a complaint about Children’s Services, Education, the Health Service or other things. Your foster carer can help you sort out how to go about this, or may be able to act for you.
Children and Young People's Statements of Purpose
Northumberland have produced two guides for children who are looked after by our foster carers. One is for children aged under ten years old and the other is for children and young people aged ten years and older. They aim to tell you about:
- foster care
- what to expect
- what help you can get
Please also have a look at our Children and Young People's Statements of Purpose.
Our Promise – Northumberland’s Pledge to Looked after
We, Northumberland County Council, aim to
offer all of the services and support needed by children and young
people in our care. We have developed this promise to you
- The importance of stable relationships
- The need for your voice to be heard
- The importance of having high aspirations for
For a website just for Northumberland looked
after children and young people, click on the link below.
Young people’s involvement in recruitment
Looked-After young people are becoming more and
more involved in the recruitment of foster carers, including
talking to people in the community at our information evenings and
taking part in staff interviews. Rachael and Simon also
joined the ‘skills to foster’ course – the training that
prospective foster carers complete before beginning their formal
fostering assessment. They tell us
how they found their experience.