Statistically, children in care struggle to perform well in education, however more and more foster children from Hackney are going onto college and University. Over the last three years Hackney’s looked after children scored among of the highest GCSE grades across the country against their peers. This standard of good results continues, due to the work foster carers and our Virtual School do to support, encourage and nurture children and young people to achieve the best outcomes possible.
In Hackney, like much of the country, we need more foster carers to offer support to these children when they are unable to be with their birth families. Whether it is a short term or long term placement, foster carers have a great opportunity to make a positive difference to a child’s life.
We are looking for people with experience working with children of all ages and behaviours. Those who are able to exude patience and understanding so that the child can overcome past experiences and work towards a positive future.
We believe that it is necessary to equip our foster carers with tools that will assist their professional development so you are able to give your best. It is also essential that you have opportunities to shape the service you are a fundamental part of. Therefore Hackney foster carers benefit from dedicated support and mentoring, extensive training, generous fees as well as access to extra support and resources for the child in care.
We also employ a social pedagogic approach to the service. One example of this is that foster carers and professionals come together to discuss practices and jointly look for ways to continually improve the offer to children and foster carers alike.
Alongside dedicated social work practice, there is an out of hours help line and a possibility to engage with the Hackney Foster Carers Council, who provide an additional layer of support through regular meetings, activities and networking opportunities. More experienced foster carers act as mentors for new foster carers. Once approved, foster carers also become members of Fostering Network, who provide independent support, advice and events.
A variety of training, online and offline, is available to foster carers in-house and through partner councils as part of the North London Fostering Consortium.