Fostering in the South West

Last year, TACT received over 6,000 referrals for children across the South West who could not 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. TACT are recruiting foster carers across the South West to provide care and support to these children. If you have a spare bedroom, a caring nature and energy to provide a child with a happy home, we believe you could become an amazing foster carer!

Who are the children we need carers for in the South West?

We particularly want to hear from prospective carers in Bath, Bristol, Somerset, North Somerset, Gloucestershire, South Gloucestershire, Swindon and Wiltshire.

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.

TACT has an excellent reputation with Local Authorities in the South West and we are pleased to be a Tier 1 provider on the South West Sub Regional framework contract. We are currently developing the Somerset area to meet the needs of referrals from the Penninsula contract.

Why foster with TACT?

We have recently received feedback from our 2017 Ofsted Inspection and are delighted to announce that TACT South West have achieved an Outstanding 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.

There is currently a need for 540 additional foster families across the South West of England. At TACT we are more than just a fostering agency; as a charity we put children at the heart of everything that we do and all of our surplus income goes back into services for our carers and the children that they look after.

Foster carers come to us for many reasons, they stay with us – because we help them do the most rewarding job in the world. Together we transform the lives of children and young people, giving them the chance to lead happy, loving, fulfilled lives.

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 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 packagetailored to your needs and those of the children placed with you
  • Regular meetings and support groupsgiving 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.

Some of our carers from across the South West, alongside our ambassador Solomon O.B, describe their experiences of fostering with TACT in the short film below:

Our Office:

TACT Bristol & South West
The Vassall Centre
Gill Avenue
Fishponds
Bristol
BS16 2QQ

Although our office is in Bristol, we have staff based in all areas of the South West so you can rest assured knowing that wherever you are, we have highly skilled staff ready to support you through your fostering journey. Find out more in our Statement of Purpose.