Fostering in St. Helens

Could you provide care, guidance and a stable home to vulnerable children and young people? By joining our Fostering St. Helens team of foster carers, you could make a real difference in your local area.

You may have been thinking about fostering for a while, or be totally new to the idea. Whatever stage you are at, we can provide you with all the information you need for you to begin your fostering journey.

How do I start fostering in St. Helens?

To start fostering in St. Helens, you will not need any prior childcare qualifications as full training will be provided. However we do ask that you have some experience of providing care for, or working with, children and young people.

Before a fostering application can be commenced, there is some initial qualifying criteria. You would need to:

  • Be aged 21 years or over
  • Have at least one spare bedroom in your home
  • Be a full time resident of the UK

If you fulfil all three points above, we would like to talk to you more about fostering. You can complete the enquiry form on this page today to get started.

TACT North West carer Karen discusses below why she chose to foster with TACT and what she loves about being a foster carer.

 

Why foster in St. Helens with TACT?

TACT is the UK’s largest dedicated fostering charity. We have been providing nurturing and caring homes for vulnerable young people since 1993.

We work closely with St. Helens Borough Council to help provide foster homes for vulnerable young people. As we are a charity, we reinvest to provide more support for our foster carers in the form of our Education and Health services, and our online foster carer portal. In addition, our Connect community ensures that our care-experienced young people continue to receive support into adulthood and beyond.

This is why 98% of our carers would recommend us to others thinking of fostering.


“The support we receive from TACT is excellent, and always available. Our TACT social worker has been with us for many years and is always supportive.”

– TACT Foster Carers


We cover a wide area in and around St. Helens, including Eccleston, Rainford and Haydock.

We have a great team of staff within the St. Helens area. Jon Broadhurst, our Area Manager for the region, is truly passionate about making a difference to children’s lives. He manages our great team of social workers – ensuring that our team of foster parents are fully supported. Jon has over 28 years’ experience in social work, with 17 years’ experience specifically in the charitable sector.

This is Jon, he looks after our fostering St. Helens team

 

 

 

“I have 28 years’ experience in social work, with the past 17 years in the charitable sector. I have a real passion for working with non-profit making organisations in the knowledge that the resources generated are invested straight back into the support for our children, young people, and our carers.”

– Jon Broadhurst

We provide our foster parents in St. Helens with full training, 24/7 support and a generous fostering allowance:

St. Helens Fostering allowance

Foster carers are highly skilled people, and our fees and allowances reflect this.

When you join our Fostering St. Helens team, you will receive an allowance whilst you are caring for young people in your home. The actual amount you will receive will depend on a number of factors such as the type of fostering you are providing, the number of children you are caring for, their ages and complexity of their needs.

Our foster carers also receive additional payments for children’s birthdays, holidays and religious festivals. In addition to the fostering allowance, we also pay long service awards and a Refer a Friend fee (if you recommend someone who then goes on to be an approved foster carer with us).

Here are some examples of the weekly allowances you could expect to receive when caring for young people:

These are our Fostering St. Helens allowances

 

Full training

Full and ongoing training will be provided, to ensure that you are fully prepared to care for children and young people in your home.

Skills To Foster will be the first course that you will take. This training is delivered remotely within the fostering assessment period. Attended by other fostering applicants, the course is designed to provide an insight into the day-to-day responsibilities and tasks of a foster carer.

Once you become an approved foster carer, you will be allocated a full training programme to further your skills. This will provide you with the necessary skills and knowledge to help you care for, and make a difference to, more children and young people. Some training will be delivered remotely, whilst other courses will be face-to-face.

We even provide specialist training in order to help you care for children with specific needs or requirements.

24/7 support

We know that 24/7 support is paramount, so you will be allocated your own Supervising Social Worker, who will provide most of the support you will require.

We also have a dedicated out-of-hours support service, for total peace of mind. We also provide some additional support networks and platforms. After all, the better we support you, the better you will be able to provide the care and guidance required to help change children’s lives.

This is what we provide:

  • Full 24/7 support. Your Supervising Social Worker will provide day-to-day support, but we also have a dedicated out-of-hours support service.
  • Foster carer portal. An online community of TACT foster carers and a place to find information, advice, training and other resources.
  • Education service. Our specialist service provides support and advice to help ensure that the children in your care receive the best possible educational opportunities.
  • Health service. Our health service was established in order to provide young people in your care with ongoing physical and mental health monitoring.
  • Support groups. Our support groups operate in St. Helens and surrounding areas, providing you with a local outlet to meet other carers in your area, and share experiences and knowledge.
  • Support for young people. Our Engagement & Activity Practitioners provide the children in your care with additional support, activities and events in St. Helens.
  • Supporting your own children. We understand that your own children play an important role in the fostering household. As such, our Children Who Foster events provide your own children with an opportunity to socialise with other young people who make an amazing contribution to fostering.
  • Peer support. Sometimes, peer-to-peer support may be available. These work by pairing newly approved foster carers with experienced TACT carers to provide another level of support.

Transferring to TACT

If you currently foster in St. Helens, and you are looking to transfer from your current fostering provider, we can provide a ‘fast track’ application process to ensure that the transfer to us is straightforward and stress-free.

You can transfer to us with young people already in placement, and we would work closely with you and your existing fostering provider to ensure that the best interests of the child(ren) come first.

If you are interested in finding out more about transferring to us, simply select ‘I am currently a foster carer‘ on our form. We will then be able to talk you through the process in more detail.

A fostering charity that goes above and beyond…

  • Our foster carer perks include a number of exclusive memberships and special offers – many of which are available via our Foster Carer Portal.
  • Our TACT Connect service ensures that our care leavers continue to receive help, support and guidance even after they have officially left our care.
  • We advocate for young people, actively campaigning in order to instigate positive change within the care system.

Start your fostering journey in St. Helens today, and change a child’s life. Simply fill in the form on this page to get started!