Can’t cook, could foster – young people reveal what they look for in a foster carer

Mon, 16/05/2016

You don’t have to be a good cook to foster, children and young people in foster care have revealed as part of a survey conducted by The Fostering Network to mark the start of Foster Care Fortnight 2016 (16 to 29 May). 

261 children and young people who have lived in foster care were surveyed to identify what they consider to be the key qualities and skills needed to foster.

The top three qualities that these children and young people identified as key to making a good foster carer were:

  • making them feel safe and secure (67%)
  • supporting and helping them (61%)
  • loving them (54%)

Only 14% thought that being a good cook was an important skill in a foster carer.

Cllr Danny Chalkley, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, Westminster City Council, said: “This Foster Care Fortnight we’re looking for more people to come forward and foster in Westminster.”

“If you have the qualities to make our young people feel safe and secure, offer support and love – we need you. Our social workers and experienced foster carers are going to be at events at Westminster City Hall over the next two weeks to answer any questions you may have, so don’t hesitate to sign up.”       

There is no typical foster carer, however you must be over 21 years of age.

Foster carers receive full training and support throughout their fostering journey and benefits include council tax breaks if you live within Westminster, London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham or Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, and fees of around £1,500 a month depending on the need and the age of the child you are caring for. 

Kevin Williams, Chief Executive of The Fostering Network, said: “Fostering is an immensely rewarding and professional role. If you have room in your heart, and in your home, then 2016 could be the year that you start to make a positive difference to a child – a positive difference that can last a lifetime.”

If you’ve been thinking about fostering take the first step and find out more. Call 0800 169 3498 or 020 8753 1057, email, visit our fostering webpage or come to an information event listed below.

Event Date Time Venue
Fostering information stand Tuesday 17 May 2016 11am to 2pm Westminster City Hall, 64 Victoria Street, SW1E 6QP
Fostering information morning Thursday 19 May 2016 10am to midday Westminster City Hall, 64 Victoria Street, SW1E 6QP
Fostering information evening Thursday 19 May 2016 6pm to 8pm Westminster City Hall, 64 Victoria Street, SW1E 6QP

Last updated: 3 June 2016
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