Fostering in the North East
There are approximately 4,000 children and young people across the North East who cannot be looked after by their own family. This could be because of illness or family breakdowns or because they have experienced some form of neglect. At TACT we believe that every one of them deserves a stable and loving home which is why we are recruiting foster carers in all areas of the North East of England.
Who are the children we need carers for in the North East?
Last year, we received almost 1,400 referrals from local authorities in the North East for children and young people who need safe and loving foster homes. To care for these children, we particularly need more carers in and around Darlington, Durham, Gateshead, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Northumberland, North Tyneside, South Tyneside, Redcar & Cleveland and Stockton.
We would ideally like to hear from people who would like to care for children aged five years and over, sibling groups, or children with complex needs.
Why foster with TACT?
We have recently received feedback from our 2018 Ofsted Inspection and are delighted to announce that our service covering Yorkshire & the North East achieved a Good rating from Ofsted. It is extremely pleasing to be acknowledged as offering an exceptionally high quality service to our foster carers and children and young people. To read our recent Ofsted report, click here.
It is estimated that approximately 450 additional foster families will be needed in the North East in 2019, so if you have a spare bedroom, a caring nature and energy to provide a child with a happy home, get in touch – we believe you could become an amazing foster carer!
The North East Local Authorities are split across two framework contracts which TACT are a part of both. The NE7 is an open framework without tiers and focuses on finding the best match in the most local area for the child. TACT is the first point of contact on the Tees Valley contract for Parent and Child placements and for those children who perhaps may have social and emotional difficulties as a result of their difficult past experiences. Our excellent positioning on the Tees Valley contract means that if you’re a carer who is thinking of transferring from another agency, you can be assured of the best possible chance of being matched with a child with TACT.
As a TACT foster carer you will benefit from:
• We are the UK’s largest fostering and adoption charity. This means that all our surplus income is reinvested into our carers and our young people.
• 24/7 support ensuring that whatever you face as a foster carer you are never alone
• A competitive professional fee, worked out depending on the detail of each placement
• An excellent training package, tailored to your needs and those of the children placed with you
• Regular meetings and support groups, giving you the chance to meet other foster carers and share experience
• Dedicated events for the children in your care, giving them the chance to meet other fostered children
What’s it like to be a foster carer?
It’s not easy, but it can be the most rewarding job in the world. To read some of our carer’s stories and experiences, click here.
On of our North East foster carers, Chris, has described her fostering experiences for us in the short film below:
Our base for training in the North East is located in Gateshead, but we have social worker staff able to travel across the region, meaning that our highly skilled staff are always local and ready to support you through your fostering journey.
Although our carer hub is based in Gateshead, as an approved foster carer you will be registered to our Yorkshire & North East fostering service. Find out more in our Statement of Purpose.