Support for foster carers

We offer a range of support, training, and opportunities for all our foster carers.

Support from professionals

We offer support from professionals to help you with your role, this includes:

  • a supervising social worker and a fostering duty worker - 9am to 5pm
  • the Kent and Medway out of hours service on weekends and bank holidays - 5pm to 9am
  • therapeutically trained fostering family support worker to support the placement when needed
  • peer mentors available to all carers when needed
  • virtual home assessments
  • 4 to 6 weekly visits from your allocated supervising social worker, and more if needed
  • Annual Reviews by an Independent Reviewing Officer (IRO)
  • targeted support with training, support, and development

All our members of the professional network are also based under one roof to promote effective and efficient decision making in the best interest of the child.

Training and development

Training and development opportunities including:

  • an extensive introduction programme for newly approved carers
  • a detailed training agenda, with a variety available online, with flexibility for carers
  • training and support for the fostering family and members of their support network
  • personal development plans to support your professional career path in fostering

More about Medway Fostering Team training