As the UK’s largest fostering charity, we reinvest surplus income into providing more support and training for our foster carers, to help them support vulnerable children and young people.
Support for transferring foster carers
We understand how important a high level of support is to our foster carers. Our Supervising Social Workers have manageable workloads, so that they are able to dedicate more time to you. After all, the better we support you, the better you will be able to provide the care and guidance required to change children’s lives.
This is what we provide:
- Full 24/7 support. Your Supervising Social Worker will usually provide all the support you need, but we also have a dedicated out-of-hours support service for total peace of mind.
- Foster carer portal. An online community of TACT foster carers and a place to find information, advice, training and other resources to help you with your day-to-day life as a foster carer.
- Education service. Our specialist service provides support and advice to help ensure that the children in your care receive the best possible educational opportunities.
- Therapeutic support. We provide foster carers with a package of support that is underpinned with a therapeutic approach. You will have the opportunity to access training and support from our Consultant Psychologist.
- Support groups. Our support groups operate all over the country, and provide you with a local outlet to meet other carers in your area, share experiences and knowledge, and even make new friends!
- Support for young people. Our Children’s Resource Workers provide the children in your care with additional support, activities and events.
- 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.
“We get regular calls, visits and out of hours support if necessary. It’s so comforting to know that there is always someone at the end of the phone 24/7 to assist us with any problems we may encounter.”
Marian – TACT Foster Carer since 2020
Training for transferring foster carers
At TACT, we are committed to providing you with the very best training available to enable you to make a difference to children’s lives. We do this by reinvesting surplus income into our training programmes.
As an existing foster carer, you will have already taken the Skills To Foster course with your current agency or local authority – so there is no need to retake this training when you transfer to us. You will, however, be able to access a range of training opportunities while you complete your Form F.
In addition, you will also have access to:
- A personalised annual training plan developed specifically for your learning needs and wants. Quite often our foster carers will identify areas that they would like to grow their experience in, and this is something we will support you with.
- You will be invited to training courses that are facilitated by our Consultant Psychologist. The course uses PACE (Playfulness, Acceptance, Curiosity and Empathy) approach to understand the trauma experienced by children and young people.
- Hundreds of online courses to help you enhance your knowledge and experience.