Support

Fostering Changes Live 4

As an approved foster carer Foster Newport will support you through every stage of your journey and development.  

Payments

  • We pay a weekly fostering allowance and placement fee
  • The Placement Additional Support Scheme (PASS) includes additional finance to support caring for children with more complex needs
  • We will purchase any necessary equipment e.g. bed, mattress, bedroom furniture, car seat, pushchair
  • We will pay mileage expenses for agreed journeys
  • We will pay for day-care with alternative foster carers when needed to attend training, meetings etc

Local support

  • The Newport Foster Carer Association, run by Newport City Council foster carers, is open to all council approved foster carers
  • Access to the monthly Under 5s support group and quarterly Men Who Care support group
  • Social activities include a subsidised Christmas pantomime trip and summer fun day for foster carers, their own children and foster children
  • A Newport City Council leisure card is available for foster carers, their own children and foster children 

Learning and development

  • We provide classroom sessions held in the day and evening, online training, book loans and can signpost to other resources
  • One-to-one training offered to foster carers in their home
  • For carers of children with more complex needs we deliver a parenting programme and access to a regular drop-in group
  • We support carers in their learning using the National Fostering Learning & Development Framework endorsed by Welsh Government. Find out more.

Meeting other foster carers

  • A foster carer forum is held twice a year where foster carers can discuss issues with senior council officers 

Support for you and your family

  • Monthly support and quarterly supervision visits from your supervising social worker 
  • Your supervising social worker will support you with attendance at meetings, reviews etc.
  • Paid membership of The Fostering Network with access to their advice line and other resources.
  • Duty officer advice line available all year during office hours and between 8.30pm – 10.30pm
  • South Wales Emergency Duty Team (SEWDT) available for telephone advice and support
  • Access to psychology support via CAMHS consultation
  • Access to Care First support service for all foster carers
  • Respite care available as and when needed in agreement with the child’s social worker, the main carer will continue to receive payment of £20 per night up to a maximum of seven consecutive nights
  • Quarterly newsletter 

Resources

Download the Fostering handbook (pdf)

Download the Fostering service statement of purpose (pdf)

Download Management and administration of medication policy (pdf)

Download Safeguarding children who go missing or are absent policy (pdf)

Download Preventing and responding to bullying policy (pdf)

Download Supporting children to manage their money policy (pdf)

Download Appropriate use of control and restraint policy (pdf)

Download Supporting unaccompanied asylum seeking children (pdf)

Download Personal learning record and development plan (pdf)

Download Post approval learning and development framework (pdf)

Download Allegations against foster carers guidance (pdf)

Download Allegations against foster carers - payments (pdf)

Download Shared lives and fostering services protocol (pdf)

Download Fostering recording policy (pdf)

For free advice and information on personal issues including fostering visit Care First.

Find out more about how the National Youth Advocacy Service support children in Wales here.

Call (01633) 210272 to find out more or complete the form below

Apply to be a foster carer

(You can register for a council account when you follow this link, or simply click on 'guest' to leave your details)