Parent and Child Fostering

A parent and child fostering placement is a specialist type of placement in which the foster carer will offer parenting guidance and support to a mother and/or father, whilst they are placed in foster care with their child.

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The Role of a Foster Carer with a Parent and Child Placement

The foster carer’s role within a parent and child placement is to help, advise and support the parent and child in a safe and non-judgmental environment. This includes teaching the parent basic parenting skills such as changing nappies, bathing and feeding.

The foster carer plays a vital role in providing additional support that the parent needs during the early stages of their child’s life. The supervising social worker, along with the foster carer, will continually monitor and assess the parent to ensure that they are developing their parenting abilities.

This type of placement was previously called mother and baby fostering placements, however, this was changed as the child is not always a baby and the placement could be with both parents or just the father.

Why are parent and child fostering placements needed?

Why are Parent and Child Fostering Placements Needed?

There are a number of reasons parent and child placements could be needed. Young mothers may be in need of support from the foster carer, particularly if the mother is or has struggled with any disabilities, learning difficulties, trauma or domestic abuse.

The child’s parent may have also had a child removed from them previously due to abuse, neglect, or drug misuse. In these circumstances, the Local Authority, Swiis social worker and any third-party professionals will closely monitor the placement to ensure that the foster home remains a secure and safe environment for the parent and child. It is also important that the parent receives individual support as required.

Parent and child fostering is a specialist type of placement which can sometimes determine if a child remains with their parent after the placement ends. The aim is always to ensure the best outcome for the child.

How Long Do Parent and Child Placements Last?

Parent and child placements typically last around 12 weeks, however, this can change depending on the needs and level of support needed for the parent and child.

How long to parent and child placements last?
Fostering allowances for parent and child placements

Fostering Allowances for Parent and Child Placements

Swiis pay up to £845 a week for parent and child fostering placements. This is equivalent to £10,140 over the course of 12 weeks, all of which is tax-free. The tax-free status figure is based on the pay from a parent and child placement not exceeding £37,640 in any one tax year.

Training You Will Receive with Swiis

Fostering is an incredibly rewarding experience, but it can also sometimes be challenging. Swiis foster carers have a dedicated social worker to ensure they have ongoing, round-the-clock support.  Additional support is provided by health and education specialists and resource workers who help support the children in placement.

During your fostering assessment, Swiis will provide you with our 4-day ‘Toolkit for Fostering’ training. This will cover a range of topics and give you a greater understanding of the role of a foster carer.

After you have become an approved foster carer, you will need to complete your core training which includes safeguarding and child protection, culture, diversity and equality awareness, understanding attachment, understanding challenging behaviour, safer care and managing allegations, first aid and child development.

Additional specialist training is provided to all foster carers who wish to consider taking a ‘parent and child’ placement; in order to provide the knowledge and skills required.

Training you will receive with Swiis
Could I become a foster carer?

Could I Become a Foster Carer?

Foster carers can come from all types of backgrounds. If you have a spare bedroom within your home, are aged over 21, have either British Citizenship or indefinite leave to remain, and are medically fit to work, you could become a foster carer.

For parent and child fostering, you will need to have experience with babies and/or young children in order to support the parent within your care. You should be comfortable and confident in teaching the parent how to care for their child. It is also important that the foster carer is available at all times in order to supervise the parent and child.

Other Types of Fostering

Swiis has a wide range of fostering placement types to choose from including short-term, long-term, sibling, disability care, emergency and unplanned and short break/respite.

Why Should I Foster With Swiis Foster Care?

Swiis Foster Care is the largest, family-owned, independent fostering agency in the UK. For over 20 years, Swiis has recognised the important role foster carers play in the lives of the children and young people they care for, which is why Swiis rewards them with high levels of pay and benefits.

We have dedicated teams across England including the South West and Midlands, North West, North East, Yorkshire and Scotland through our sister company Swiis Foster Care Scotland.

If you have any questions or would like to start your application process to become a foster carer, please get in contact with our friendly team on 0333 577 1234 or fill out our enquiry form.

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

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