Fostering Children with Additional or Complex Needs

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Fostering a Child with Additional or Complex Needs

Fostering children with additional or complex needs can be an incredibly rewarding experience. As their foster carer, you will provide them with a safe home and the support they need to flourish. Children with additional or complex needs may need enhanced support from their foster carer to manage medication or a care routine.

Types of Additional or Complex Needs

Children and young people requiring this type of fostering placement may include those with learning disabilities such as an autistic spectrum disorder (ASDs) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and/or a severe or complex health condition which may also be life-limiting.

You do not need to be medically qualified or have previous medical experience to look after a child with complex health needs. Full training is provided, and the child/young person will also have medical personnel available to ensure their health needs are fully met. Depending on the needs of the child, they may require particular care routines, medication, or a downstairs bedroom and bathroom.

Taking care of a child with additional or complex needs may seem daunting, however Swiis will provide bespoke supervision and guidance, enhanced support and specialist training. This type of placement also attracts a much higher fostering allowance.

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Support and training

Support and Training

Swiis are committed to providing our foster carers with exceptional training to ensure they are supported within their fostering placements. During your assessment process, you will be invited to our 4-day ‘Toolkit for Fostering’ training which ensures you have the skills and knowledge to start fostering.

Once you have become an approved foster carer, you will then commence your post-approval training which covers a range of topics to help you support the children and young people within your care.

Additional training is available to all foster carers, including specialist training for fostering placements with complex needs or disabilities. Online training and resources are also available to all our foster carers that cover a range of topics such as mental health issues, online safety, and dealing with trauma.

In addition to your social worker, all Swiis foster carers are supported by an experienced and friendly team of education, health, behaviour management, and placement support workers.

Fostering with Swiis

Swiis Foster Care is the UK’s largest family-owned, independent fostering agency and has been dedicated to providing exceptional care for over 20 years.

We ensure that the children and young people who are placed with Swiis foster carers are provided with opportunities that they would not have otherwise had. We do this by supplying every foster carer with the skills, development and support they need to provide the high-quality care Swiis are known for.

Swiis covers many areas of England with teams in the Midlands and South West, North East, North West, Yorkshire and Scotland through our sister company, Swiis Foster Care Scotland.

Swiis Foster Care Pay and Support

Swiis recognises the exceptional impact foster carers make on the lives of the children they care for and rewards their dedication with one of the most generous fostering allowances in the UK. Swiis pays additional or complex needs fostering placements up to £1,260 per week depending on the child or young persons needs and age.

Up to £1,260/week per additional or complex needs fostering placement

Fostering with Swiis

Nicola and Gerald’s Fostering Story

Nicola and Gerald have been foster carers with Swiis for over 10 years. In that time, they have fostered children with disabilities and complex needs. Here is what they had to say about their rewarding fostering experience with Swiis.

Nicola and Gerald

“It was a challenge to take on a child with a disability, but we had experience, so we were prepared for the challenges that lay ahead.”

“Early on we had the chance to foster a sibling group, one of which required advanced support. We are so proud of him, he has overcome obstacles all his life.”

“We were told he would not speak, swim, or ride a bike, but we have watched him flourish and achieve all these things. He achieved good grades at school and with his brother, joined us on holidays where they experienced different cultures.”

“He has become a positive and brilliant young man.”

Nicola & Gerald

Other Types of Fostering

Additional or complex needs placements can be offered on a long or short-term basis.

Other types of fostering placements include, standard needs fostering placements, siblings, parent and child, and emergency/unplanned.

Start Your Fostering Journey

With thousands of children coming into foster care in the UK everyday, we urgently need foster carers more than ever.

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Do you know anyone who would be a fantastic foster carer who has the skills and compassion to support a child or young person in need of a loving home?

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