We refer to the children we place in foster care as being
'looked after'. Our priority is always to ensure the very best
outcome for every young person we need to place with our registered
carers. We do this through our Fostering and Adoption Service which
is a specialist department that values the commitment, dedication
and high standards of care provided by people just like you.
Guernsey Family Placement Service is eager to promote fostering
and we encourage people from all walks of life to enquire about
becoming a fostering family.
We are very lucky to have extremely hard working, experienced
and committed foster carers and are always on the lookout for more
families to become part of the fostering community in Guernsey.
The Family Placement Service has a wide portfolio of
responsibilities. The recruitment, training and assessment of
prospective carers is one aspect. Once approved, carers are
supervised and supported by an allocated worker.
Specialist Foster Care
Specialist Fostering Scheme- an exciting new
Do you have experience of working with
Have you considered fostering a child, but can't afford to
give up work?
The Family Placement Service is seeking expressions of interest
in an exciting initiative which has been developed by Children and
Family Community Services. We are seeking a small number of
Specialist Foster Carers to care for children with disabilities
and/or complex emotional needs and who are unable to live with
their own families.
These are children who require carers who, with bespoke support
from professionals, will be able to understand and manage the
challenging behaviour such children may display, and who can offer
those children a safe and stable home life. This requires special
people to whom we will pay a financial package structured to enable
them to focus on the child in their care. To ensure that Specialist
Foster Carers are able to dedicate sufficient time to children in
their care it is a condition of acceptance on the scheme that
Specialist Foster Carers do not have (or continue to have) any
employment obligations, whether paid or voluntary. We would also
welcome enquiries from those who reside in Guernsey who may be here
on licence. The rewards are huge, but so are the challenges, and we
are looking for people who will work as part of a team to change
these children's lives and give them hope for the future. The
following is an example of a child we are seeking to place:
We are looking for a confident, strong and calm couple to
provide child centred support to a B who is a young person who has
a learning disability and complex needs.
B is a cheerful and active young person who needs
consistent, firm and reliable care.
B finds family life with younger children difficult to
manage and often becomes jealous and distressed if carer's
attention has to be shared with others.
B has a diagnosis of ADHD with autism spectrum disorder
features, pica (eating of non-food items), a learning disability
and longstanding destructive and aggressive behaviour when in a
heightened state of anxiety. She is prescribed medication, which
she is willing to take, to assist in keeping her calm and relaxed,
alongside behavioural strategies and is supported by input from a
clinical psychologist and medical reviews undertaken by a
B attends Specialist Education provision and can make good
progress when supported well to keep her attention focused and
B is a strong swimmer and enjoys listening to music and has
an Ipod, B likes outdoor activities e.g. walking, colouring
activities, watching Holby City and Casualty.
B likes people, to be social and tends to see adults as
friends rather than her peers. B needs a clear, consistent and
reliable routine which she responds well to; this assists her in
knowing what is happening now and next along with the expectations
B is a young person who has a lot to offer. She can show an
affectionate side where she enjoys a cuddle and kiss from her
carers and has a very endearing and gleeful smile when she is
content, happy and enjoying herself.
B has her own home where carers will reside with her and
take on the role of her full time care with the aim of providing
opportunities for personal development and supporting B to develop
to her full potential.
B has a wraparound support package which allows for her
carers to have planned time out from the placement and holiday
Carers for B will require skills in positive communication
and engagement and will be able to demonstrate unconditional
positive regard. They will have the confidence to be able to work
within a positive behaviour support framework, to accept
responsibility and to develop as a skilled practitioner. They must
be able to follow agreed strategies and to work positively within a
consistent, mutually supportive team. Experience is
essential for this role.
Children may require sole placements and would be matched with
those who could meet their specific needs. Approval as a Specialist
Foster Carer is subject to: application, shortlisting, interview,
Fostering Form F assessment and approval through the Department's
procedures for approving foster carers. You would need to attend
the Skills to Foster Preparation training, and will be provided
with 24 hour support to help you meet the needs of any child placed
If you would like to know more about Specialist Fostering and
think that you may be in a position to provide a home to a child
with disability or complex needs we would love to hear from you. If
you cannot consider full time foster care but think you may be able
to offer short break care to children with a disability we would
also be pleased to hear from you.
Please contact the Duty Social Worker, Family Placement Service
on 713230 to provide your contact details and we will arrange to
provide you with more information. Alternatively you can contact us
via email on firstname.lastname@example.org
and we will get in touch with you.