Older news 2011

 

November

Brothers need a home

We are looking for a long term foster home for two brothers, ideally in the Fareham area.

The 10 year old boys are both in mainstream education and enjoy out of school activities, including cadets and football.  With the right carers these outdoor-loving brothers could really thrive.

We are looking for a couple who can offer a stable environment and extra support to help them to deal with their early life experiences.  You would need to stick by them through to adulthood and help them maintain regular contact with their birth family.

If you have personal or professional experience of dealing with challenging children or young people, have two spare bedrooms and the ability to provide a long term home, then please get in touch.

Call or text your number to Portsmouth City Council’s fostering team on 07908 552281 and mention this advert.

 

August

Who could you offer a home to?

Regular breaks for a disabled child? Care leaver? Unaccompanied asylum-seeker? Baby or toddler?  Drop in and find out about the different fostering opportunities with Portsmouth City Council between 10am - 3pm on Saturday 17 September at the Hilton Portsmouth hotel in Farlington.

At the drop in event staff from the foster care recruitment and assessment team will be available to answer your questions about fostering and the assessment process.  This is an opportunity to find out about all the different types of care opportunities and to see what you would be most suited to 

There will also be foster carers available to chat to about their own expereiences of particular types of fostering at the following times:

  • 10.30am - 11.30am - Supported lodgings
  • 12pm - 1pm - Unaccompanied asylum seeking children, or children who have been trafficked
  • 1.30pm - 2.30pm - Family Link

Portsmouth children, from babies through to teenagers, need foster carers for long term, short term and emergency placements, for short breaks for children with disabilities, and for supportive lodgings for young people. 

The council need to recruit a variety of foster carers to offer as much placement choice as possible to children and young people.  Foster carers come from a diverse range of ethnic and cultural backgrounds which reflect the children and young people who are in care.

You could be a foster carer:
- if you have a spare room
- if you have the commitment to care for a child or young person
- regardless of your marital status or sexuality
- whether you own your home or rent
- if you are aged 24 or above (there is no upper age limit)
- if you work full time – providing family link or supportive lodgings care could suit you
- whether you live in Portsmouth or the surrounding area

The council’s fostering service was assessed as ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted in September 2010. Portsmouth offer competitive rates, mentoring, training and development, supervision and networking, including out of hours support.
 

Find out more at www.fosterportsmouth.co.uk or call 07908 552281 for a free information booklet and DVD.

May

High-hope for Portsmouth's fostering appeal

Portsmouth City Council are using National Foster Care Fortnight (16 – 29 May) to try and attract more foster carers to look after local children. 

The council will be using the national awareness fortnight to promote fostering and encourage people to attend their fostering information evening at the Spinnaker Tower from 7-9pm on Wednesday 15 June 2011.  

At the event people will get to see the premier of the council’s new foster carer recruitment DVD which stars 17 year old Perry who talks about his experiences in foster care, new applicants Deamonn and Barry who are currently being assessed and other Portsmouth City Council foster carers who talk about the reality of fostering.  There will also be an opportunity to ask any questions and chat informally to foster carers and staff from the fostering team.

Kate Freeman, the council's looked after children service commissioning manager, said: “The DVD will be sent out to people who enquire about fostering and we hope it will help them to explore the idea of fostering and decide if it is for them.  By using our own foster carers in the DVD they get to hear from the experts about what it is really like.  I hope that many people from across the south come to our event on 15 June to find out more.”

Portsmouth children, from babies through to teenagers, need foster carers for long term, short term and emergency placements, for short breaks for children with disabilities, and for supportive lodgings for young people. 

The council need to recruit a variety of foster carers to offer as much placement choice as possible to children and young people.  Foster carers come from a diverse range of ethnic and cultural backgrounds which reflect the children and young people who are in care.

You could be a foster carer:
- if you have a spare room
- if you have the commitment to care for a child or young person
- regardless of your marital status or sexuality
- whether you own your home or rent
- if you are aged 24 or above (there is no upper age limit)
- if you work full time – providing family link or supportive lodgings care could suit you
- whether you live in Portsmouth or the surrounding area

The council’s fostering service was assessed as ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted in September 2010. Portsmouth offer competitive rates, mentoring, training and development, supervision and networking, including out of hours support.

Find out more at www.fosterportsmouth.co.uk or call 023 9282 9846 for a free information booklet.

 

February

Former Pompey start backs fostering appeal

Portsmouth Football Club and former Portsmouth star, Linvoy Primus, are backing Portsmouth City Council's recruitment drive for more foster carers by opening a drop in event which will be held from 6pm - 8pm on Wednesday 23 March 2011 in The Chimes Lounge at Portsmouth Football Club.

The event, which has been supported by Faith and Football, is an opportunity to find out more about the different types of foster care you could provide and the assessment process.  You can also speak to foster carers about their experiences and ask any questions.

Portsmouth City Council is continually looking for more foster carers to provide caring homes for Portsmouth children.  If you have a spare room and the commitment to care for a child or young person then it could be for you.  Portsmouth children, from babies through to teenagers, need foster carers for long term, short term and emergency placements, for short breaks for children with disabilities, and for supportive lodgings for young people. 

Fostering services need to recruit a variety of foster carers to offer as much placement choice as possible to children and young people. You can apply to foster regardless of your marital status, sexuality or residential status. Foster carers come from a diverse range of ethnic and cultural backgrounds which reflect the children and young people who are in care.

The council’s fostering service was assessed as ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted in Septmeber 2010. Portsmouth offer competitive rates, mentoring, training and development, supervision and networking, including out of hours support.

Leader of Portsmouth City Council, Councillor Gerald Vernon-Jackson, said: “I encourage you to come along to the drop-in event to ask any questions you may have about becoming a foster carer so you can decide if it is something for you.  We urgently need more carers for Portsmouth children.  I would like to thank Linvoy Primus and his organisation Faith and Football for supporting us.”

Linvoy Primus, said: "Portsmouth Football Club are delighted to support any initiative which centres on the well being of children in our city particularly those who are vulnerable. I encourage people who wish to find out more about fostering and the possibilities for changing children's lives to attend."

Find out more at www.fosterportsmouth.co.uk  or call 023 9282 9846 for a free information booklet.

January

Fostering appeal sets sail in the south

Portsmouth City Council’s appeal for more foster carers is being projected onto the iconic Tri-Sail gateway structure as an eye-catching new way of attracting more carers for Portsmouth children. 

The dramatic 43-metre high structure, known as the ‘Sails of the South’, stands in the central reservation at the northern end of the M275 and marks the beginning of the journey down onto Portsea Island. 

The sails are lit up at night and carry the slogan "Portsmouth children need foster carers". Portsmouth City Council are hoping that this innovative way of getting the message out will attract potantial new foster carers from across the southern region. 

Portsmouth children, from babies through to teenagers, need foster carers for emergency, short term and long term placements, for short breaks for children with disabilities, and for supportive lodgings for young people.

Fostering services need to recruit a variety of foster carers to offer as much placement choice as possible to children and young people. You can apply to foster regardless of your marital status, sexuality or residential status. Foster carers come from a diverse range of ethnic and cultural backgrounds which reflect the children and young people who are in care.

The council’s fostering service was assessed as ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted this year. Portsmouth offer competitive rates, mentoring, training and development, supervision and support, including out of hours support.

If you have a spare room and the commitment to care for a child or young person then please get in touch.

Drop-in events where you can chat to current foster carers and social workers are being organised for 2011.  Find out more at www.fosterportsmouth.co.uk  or call 023 9282 9846 for a free information booklet.

 

Foster carers awarded for over 105 years of service

Foster carers who have been caring for Portsmouth children for 105 years between them are being thanked by the Lord Mayor of Portsmouth in a special reception on Tuesday 1 February 2011. 

The Lord Mayor is holding the reception in the Banqueting Hall on Tuesday evening to thank eight Portsmouth City Council foster carers who have fostered for 15 years or more.  One couple, Jenny and Alan Parsons, have been fostering for 30 years and looked after 65 children.      

Lord Mayor, councillor Paula Riches, said: "Foster carers are ordinary people doing something extraordinary.  Whether you provide care for a short time or forever you have made a lifetime of difference."

The council’s fostering service was assessed as ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted last year and its team of foster carers were a big part of this.

The council are always in need of more foster carers to look after Portsmouth children.  They offer competitive rates, mentoring, training and development, supervision and support, including out of hours support. If you have a spare room and the commitment to care for a child or young person then please get in touch.

Drop-in events where you can chat to current foster carers and social workers are being organised for 2011.  Find out more at www.fosterportsmouth.co.uk  or call 023 9282 9846 for a free information booklet.

 

New year, new career?

Are you out of work, returning to work, wanting to make a step towards a career in childcare or social work or retired and looking for a new challenge?  Portsmouth children need foster carers like you.

As a Portsmouth City Council foster carer you will be given training and development to help you in your role.  The experience you gain as a foster carer could help to kick-start a new career in the future. 

Portsmouth City Council is continually looking for more foster carers to provide caring homes for Portsmouth children.  If you have a spare room and the commitment to care for a child or young person then please get in touch. 

Portsmouth children, from babies through to teenagers, need foster carers for emergency, short term and long term placements, for short breaks for children with disabilities, and for supportive lodgings for young people.

Fostering services need to recruit a variety of foster carers to offer as much placement choice as possible to children and young people. You can apply to foster regardless of your marital status, sexuality or residential status. Foster carers come from a diverse range of ethnic and cultural backgrounds which reflect the children and young people who are in care.

The council’s fostering service was assessed as ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted this year. Portsmouth offer competitive rates, mentoring, training and development, supervision and support, including out of hours support.

Childhood only comes once and getting it right for Portsmouth's children in care is getting it right for their future.

Drop-in events where you can chat to our current foster carers and social workers are being organised for 2011.  Find out more at www.fosterportsmouth.co.uk  or call 023 9282 9846 for a free information booklet.

 

2010

December

Fostering.  Find out more.

Portsmouth children need foster carers – drop in for a mince pie and a chat with our foster carers and social workers between 10am - 12pm on Thursday 16 December 2010 in Conference Room L, floor 2, at the Civic Offices in Guildhall Square, Portsmouth and find out a bit more about fostering. 

Portsmouth City Council is continually looking for more foster carers to provide caring homes for Portsmouth children.  If you have a spare room and the commitment to care for a child or young person then please get in touch.  Portsmouth children, from babies through to teenagers, need foster carers for emergency, short term and long term placements, for short breaks for children with disabilities, and for supportive lodgings for young people. 

Fostering services need to recruit a variety of foster carers to offer as much placement choice as possible to children and young people. You can apply to foster regardless of your marital status, sexuality or residential status. Foster carers come from a diverse range of ethnic and cultural backgrounds which reflect the children and young people who are in care.

The council’s fostering service was assessed as ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted this year. Portsmouth offer competitive rates, mentoring, training and development, supervision and support, including out of hours support.

Leader of Portsmouth City Council, Councillor Gerald Vernon-Jackson, said: “I encourage you to come along to the drop-in event to ask any questions you may have about becoming a foster carer so you can decide if it is something for you.”

Childhood only comes once and getting it right for Portsmouth's children in care is getting it right for their future. 

More drop-in events will be organised in 2011.  Find out more at www.fosterportsmouth.co.uk  or call 023 9282 9846 for a free information booklet. 

 

November

Portsmouth’s fostering service is outstanding

Portsmouth City Council’s fostering service has been judged as ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted following a recent inspection.

The Ofsted inspectors visited the service this term and spoke to children and young people, foster carers and council staff as part of the inspection.  They found the service to be outstanding and said: “The service is well managed and operates with a team of well motivated staff and dedicated carers.”
Highlights of the report include:
- Young people receive individualised care and support to meet their specific needs
- Carers indicate that they receive excellent support from their designated workers
- The exam results of looked after children have continued to improve and an increasing number are progressing on to further training and higher education.

Councillor John Ireland, Portsmouth City Council’s cabinet member for children’s services, said: “Our foster carers and social workers are all extremely hard working and are dedicated to providing better outcomes for all children and young people in foster care in Portsmouth.   The outstanding Ofsted is a fantastic achievement.”

Stephen Kitchman, head of children’s social care and safeguarding, said: “We are delighted with the outstanding Ofsted result.  We are continually looking for more foster carers to join us and provide caring homes for Portsmouth children.  If you have a spare room and the commitment to care for a child or young person then please get in touch. 

“We are particularly looking for carers who have some previous childcare experience either through work or personal experience.  Fostering could be an ideal career change for a childminder or someone working in an education or health role.  We offer many benefits such as competitive rates, mentoring, training and development, supervision and support, including out of hours support.”

To find out more call 023 9282 9846 or visit www.fosterportsmouth.co.uk

June

High-hopes for recruiting new foster carers

If you have ever thought about fostering then register for Portsmouth City Council's free Fostering Information Evening which is taking place at the Spinnaker Tower from 7.30pm on Tuesday 29 June.

Foster carers will be sharing their experiences before answering any questions about the reality of fostering.  Guests will then have an opportunity to chat informally to carers and social workers on the viewing deck of the tower. 

Portsmouth is currently in need of at least 40 more foster placements to ensure local children can be looked after close to their own schools and communities.  There is a particular need for long term carers and carers for the placement of children over the age of eight years, teenagers and groups of brothers and sisters who need to be fostered together.  

Carers come from a range of backgrounds and there are no restrictions in terms of age or marital status.  Qualifications are not always necessary but special personal qualities are.  There are also a number of different types of foster carer from long-term carers to Family Link carers providing short breaks for families with disabled children, so there are opportunities to suit anyone's circumstances.

Andra Johnstone, interim senior manager for looked after children at Portsmouth City Council, said: "If you have ever thought about fostering then please register for our information evening so you can decide if it is for you.  More information is also available on our new website at www.fosterportsmouth.co.uk

"Childhood only comes once and getting it right for Portsmouth's children in care is getting it right for our future.  It could be the most rewarding thing you ever do."

Call 023 9282 9846 to book your free place(s) now. 

May

Do you have the skills to foster?

Portsmouth City Council are using National Foster Care Fortnight (17 – 30 May) to try and attract more foster carers to look after local children. 

Portsmouth is currently in need of at least 40 more foster placements to ensure local children can be looked after close to their own schools and communities.   Therefore the council are running a recruitment campaign to find more people who have the skills to foster.

Carers come from a range of backgrounds and there are no restrictions in terms of age or marital status.  Qualifications are not necessary but special personal qualities are as well as practical requirements such as having the physical space within your home to accommodate a child.

There are also a number of different types of foster carer from long-term carers to ones providing short-break care, so there are opportunities to suit anyone's circumstances.  There is a particular need for carers for children over the age of eight years, teenagers and groups of brothers and sisters who need to be fostered together.  

Andra Johnstone, interim senior manager for looked after children at Portsmouth City Council, said: "If you have ever thought about fostering then please ask us for an information pack or visit our new website so you can decide if it is for you. 

"Childhood only comes once and getting it right for Portsmouth's children in care is getting it right for our future.  It could be the most rewarding thing you ever do."

Find out more at www.fosterportsmouth.co.uk or call 023 9282 9846 for a free information booklet.