Why choose us?
We currently have more than 1300 looked after children in Liverpool and whenever possible we always try to use our own foster carers to look after our children so we can support children in their own communities, so they can maintain their connections, friendships and education. We are therefore looking for more local authority foster carers to work with us, to bring stability and continuity to local children’s lives, and really make a difference to their future.
If you decide to pursue a rewarding carer as a foster carer, we will support you every step of the way. We will provide you with all the necessary training, specialist support and guidance you need to rewrite a child’s story towards a better future.
With Liverpool you are recognised as a professional
When you become a foster carer with us, you are recognised as an equal part of a professional team, and have a valuable role as the advocate of the child or young person you’re caring for. Your day-to-day experiences and observations, provide an important insight into how we can best support and care for the child.
With Liverpool I am immediately treated as a professional part of a multi-agency team, which makes everything easier as you’re all working together as a cohesive team
Training and personal development
With regular training courses across a wide range of topics, there are many opportunities to learn and develop your skills, which are reflected and rewarded with our skills based payment structure. Regular foster carer forums are a great way to meet other carers, and learn from each other and professionals in a relaxed and social environment.
The Skills to Foster training we provide during the application process, is a great way for you to learn more about fostering and what’s involved, before you take on the role
I feel more confident and knowledgeable to deal with situations
When you are approved as a foster carer with us, you are assigned a dedicated supervising social worker and family support worker to support you though your fostering journey. They will be in regular contact to provide support and professional guidance and there is also a wider network of specialist partner services across the council.
The fostering service has backup from social workers and behaviour specialists, there’s lots of support out there. You don’t have to do it alone
Robust matching process
As part of the application process, we learn about the type of fostering that would suit your skills, experience and lifestyle and this is taken into account as part of the matching process.
My experience with Liverpool is that a good match is a priority. A good match is the secret to a good placement, it makes life easier from both the foster carer’s point of view and also the children’s
Skills-based payments structure
As a foster carer with Liverpool, you’ll received a skills-based professional fee, which increases as you gain experience and attend training to develop your skills. You’ll also receive an allowance per foster child to contribute towards day-to-day expenses. If you’re currently a foster carer with an agency, we are able to match the financial package you’re currently receiving.
I would like to say a massive thank you for inviting us to the Christmas Party. Our children enjoyed themselves so much. My eldest moaned about having to go, but once there it was such an eye opener when she saw so many children and realised it’s not just her who is in foster care.