Following the easing of social distancing guidelines, we recognise there will still be many who remain nervous about the threat posed by coronavirus. We amended our recruitment and assessment processes early in the pandemic understanding there would be pressure to find more new carers. We made it possible for any new applicant to ‘meet’ with us over Skype. Our feedback is this has worked well. Rainbow will be continuing to offer this option. This means for anyone thinking about becoming a foster carer, there is nothing to hold you back!
This has been an unprecedented time. We are aware that many children and young people are in desperate need of good fostering. And that this demand will be increasing. We would like to stress that our process for recruiting and assessing new carers is as responsive as ever. It is also extremely efficient. The means an applicant can be ‘Approved’ to foster in as little as sixteen weeks. The Government has amended – on a temporary basis – some of the assessment processes required to become a foster carer. This will hopefully ensure that many new carers can be recruited so children are not disadvantaged by the effects of the lockdown.
When we start the assessment process, we allocate an Assessing Social Worker together with an administrative support professional to each applicant. This means regular contact can be maintained throughout the assessment process. Normally we would visit an applicant’s home as part of the process. This is not currently possible but we have systems in place that mean your fostering application can proceed. The pandemic has meant millions of people around the country have become comfortable using Skype or Zoom for online ‘meetings’. Our administrative support team can assist in arranging this kind of meeting. It’s very easy and we can email a guide which explains how straightforward this is.
It’s common for someone to have been considering fostering for quite some time before taking the first step. We know what a big decision it is and understand fostering isn’t right for everyone: at Rainbow, our staff will never apply pressure. Our approach is always friendly, supportive and informative. The goal we all share is to prepare carers whose lives will be positively transformed by the experience of providing care to children and young people. That way everyone connected to our Rainbow family can look forward to the prospect of a bright future.
New carers needed in London; Rainbow Fostering Birmingham; Rainbow Fostering Manchester and Rainbow Fostering Hampshire – contact us to start your fostering career today. It’s very easy – just use our National Line 0330 311 2845
We will be delighted to talk to anyone interested in applying to become a carer. There is an urgent need to find people to foster teenagers; foster sibling groups; foster children with complex needs or support parent and child foster placements.
The rules and guidance in relation to the coronavirus pandemic are changing – especially now the lockdown is slowly being eased. To make sure you and your family remain safe please visit – https://www.health-ni.gov.uk/coronavirus Also, people considering fostering always have a great many questions: we recommend visiting our FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) page – http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/frequent-asked-questions/ And for an interesting blog, we can recommend – http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/foster-carers-christine-and-mary-reflect-on-their-experiences/