Appeal for foster carers for new scheme

PUBLISHED: 18:00 10 September 2012

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THE chance to earn money and help turn a child's life around is being offered to people in Somerset as its authority attempts to recruit people for a new skilled foster care scheme.

The new scheme being rolled out by Somerset County Council aims to help children in car aged seven to 11 who are struggling to deal with life and find it difficult to manage their behaviour, build relationships or get on in school.

The council is looking for people with experience of child care, a spare room in their home or time to spare to provide a better life for a child in care.

Those interested must be willing to work with a professional team from the authority.

Cllr Frances Nicholson, cabinet member for children and families, said: “Foster carers who are committed, patient, skilled and enthusiastic to complete training and join the new scheme are exactly the people we need to make a real difference to children who struggle.”

A spokesman for the council said: “The foster carers’ job is to support and nurture a child and work with a team of professionals, including social workers, teachers and psychologists to track a child’s behaviour and implement reward systems in the home to help put a child on the right path.

“Each placement lasts for around nine to 12 months.

“The council offers full training, round-the-clock support and a weekly fee.”

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