Support for foster carers

Being a foster carer for Barnsley, you're always part of a team, who are committed to ensuring you have all the help you need.  

When you're fostering with us, we'll support you with:

  • an expert social worker to help you through the process of applying to become a foster carer, training and throughout your fostering career. Your social worker will visit you regularly at home to support and develop you in your role and complete your training plan with you.  They'll be on hand to offer advice and sort out any problems you have. We also have an emergency out of hours service if you need help at evenings, weekends or on bank holidays. 

  • a mentor, who will be an experienced foster carer to provide support when you first start fostering.

  • a 24 hour help on the phone, if your social worker isn't available. There will be always be someone to respond to any queries of concerns you have.

  • a fostering handbook, full of information about your role, as well as regular newsletters. 

  • free membership of the National Fostering Network, so you can receive newsletters, advice and information.

  • free membership of the Association of Barnsley Foster Carers, a local and independent group, which meets monthly. They arrange regular activities for foster families, and work with us on issues raised by their members.

  • access to support services such as Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS). If the child you're fostering is receiving support or therapy you'll also be able to get advice and guidance from these additional services. 

  • planning for young people to leave your care when they move into adulthood.