Often, making the decision to become a foster carer can be daunting. There are many unknowns and you will likely have a lot of questions. At Kibble, our small, friendly and supportive team will talk to you and answer all your questions to see whether this is right for you.
Our team pride ourselves on being a ‘fostering family’ made up of incredible children and young people, a friendly care team and our invaluable foster carers. With such an inclusive group, it’s no wonder some of our foster carers have been with us for more than twenty years.
A Charity with Strong Roots
As one of Scotland’s oldest charities with roots dating back 175 years, Kibble provides care and support to children from age 5+. Our fostering service is just one of many services at Kibble. Children and young people are at the heart of everything we do and we offer full support services around the needs of the child. This might be education in one of our schools, psychological and therapeutic support and employability training. Our services are all aligned to meet the needs of the children, ensuring they get the highest standard of care and support.
Full Training for Foster Carers
We provide a comprehensive training programme to ensure you are fully confident in your role as a foster carer. Kibble will pay for you to study an HNC in Child Care and an SVQ3 in Social Care at a local college or university. In addition, you will also receive training in Safe Crisis Management, Child protection and other relevant areas.
We offer round the clock support to young people and foster carers, so help is always at hand when you need it.
Every young person is allocated a key worker who provides support to both the young person and the foster carer. Young people spend time regularly with their key worker, which will include some weekend activities to give you a break.
Carer Team Meetings
Weekly meetings give foster carers the opportunity to discuss the needs of the young people with the care team. It’s also a space to share approaches that have been successful.
training and qualifications
We provide a comprehensive training programme to ensure you are fully skilled and confident in your role as a foster carer. All full-time foster carers must complete the following mandatory courses:
• HNC Social Services
• SVQ Social Services (Children and Young People)
These qualifications are certified by the Scottish Qualifications Authority and delivered by Kibble trainers and external assessors at our main campus in Paisley. Each course takes one year to complete and the HNC in Social Services would be completed first, before undertaking the SVQ qualification. Both courses must be completed within the first three years of your registration to become a foster carer.
do i need any qualifications to foster?
No, there are no training pre-requisites to foster with Kibble as all training will be provided upon registration. We do ask however that you have at least two years’ experience in working with children and young people. The most important thing is that you enjoy working with children and young people, and want to make a difference!