For the latest edition of the Somerset Fostering newsletter, click the link below:
Other useful links:
HM Revenue and Customs: www.hmrc.gov.uk/courses/syob/fc/index.html
Includes tax advice for foster carers on their website.
The Fostering Network: www.fostering.net/
A national charity for fostering in the UK.
Foster Talk: www.fostertalk.org/
FosterTalk is an independent, not-for-profit organisation providing high quality professional support to Foster Carers in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Somerset County Council is a member which means that all our foster carers have free membership to their services, find out more about the benefits by reading the Foster Talk Leaflet and their Fostering Independent Support Services leaflet..
Fosterline: www.fosterline.info or 0800 040 7675
Fosterline provides confidential, impartial, advice information and signposting on the broad range of issues of concern to foster carers and those interested in fostering. Fosterline advisors respond to enquiries by telephone, email and on the Fosterline Interactive Forum, on Monday to Friday between 9am to 5pm.
First for Adoption: www.first4adoption.org.uk/
A website full of useful information and advice for prospective adopters.
Adopt South West. www.adoptsouthwest.org.uk/
Adopt South West is a partnership of councils and charities working together to make the adoption process quicker and simpler.
CORAM and BAAF: http://corambaaf.org.uk/
CoramBAAF Adoption & Fostering Academy is the leading membership organisation dedicated to improving outcomes for children and young people in care by supporting the agencies and professionals who work with them.
Think U Know: www.thinkuknow.co.uk
This website contains advice on keeping children safe online and protecting them from sexual abuse and exploitation. There are some e-learning courses and links to further training.
Inter Country Adoption. Adopting a child from a country outside of the UK is called Inter Country Adoption. For advice and information on Inter Country Adoption please call our team on 0800 587 9900.
Somerset Children and Young People’s Plan. The plan sets out Somerset’s vision that children and young people are safe, healthy, happy, are ambitious for their future and develop skills for life. Read the plan here: www.somerset.gov.uk/policies-and-plans/plans/children-and-young-peoples-plan/
Somerset Safeguarding Children’s Board. This is a group of agencies that work together to safeguard and promote the well being of children and young people in Somerset and to ensure the effectiveness of the safeguarding arrangements. https://sscb.safeguardingsomerset.org.uk/
Somerset In Care Council (SICC) and Somerset Leaving Care Council (SLCC) are groups of children who are in care or have left care. The groups meet regularly to improve practice and influence developments in children’s services in Somerset.