The Department for Education has created a funding package for targeted help to young people and their families most affected by coronavirus.
More than £7 million will fund the launch of the See, Hear, Respond service, to provide targeted help to vulnerable children, young people and their families affected by the virus and the measures put in place to stop its spread.
With the grant awarded, Fosterline can now provide two new services to support the retention and recruitment of foster carers during the pandemic.
- Fosterline Plus – independent one to one virtual support for current foster carers including family and friends/connected person foster carers experiencing anxiety, crisis, or require additional virtual 1 to 1 support to help support the retention of foster carers from experienced, independent, attuned advisors to work on a advocacy basis under strict parameters to encourage collaboration between the fostering service and foster carer. The service may also be used by prospective carers who require additional support during the assessment process.
- specialist tax and benefits service offering advice and support to the foster carer and members of the fostering household or to a prospective carer wanting to understand the financial implications of becoming a foster carer for their household.