Council employees supported to foster local children
Council employees wishing to become a foster carer, will be allowed up to an extra three and a half days leave to attend the relevant training, and the Fostering Panel which considers you for approval.
Once approved as a foster carer, council employees may also take up to an additional five days leave entitlement to assist in caring for the child(ren) or young people placed with them to maintain the training and development required.
Hull Fostering Manager Judith Dent said - 'This is a welcome addition to the package of support that we provide to foster carers and signals the positive support from the wider council to our corporate parenting responsibilities that we owe to children in our care.
The council values its amazing foster carers, some of whom are already Council employees (and will therefore benefit from this new Policy). The Fostering Leave Policy along with other existing council policies will hopefully enable many more council staff to consider a fostering role alongside their existing career.'
Matt Jukes, Hull City Council Chief Executive said - 'I’m delighted that we have implemented our Foster Care Leave Policy so that our staff who are also foster carers, or who want to become one, have the time they need to do this. All our foster carers in our city do an incredible job supporting many young people and we want to make sure that we, in turn, support and encourage our employees who make this commitment.'
Encouraging local businesses and local employers to become fostering friendly too
We appreciate not all businesses can accommodate such support for their employees wanting to foster as we have, however, if you want to get involved there are many aspects of support for fostering you can undertake too; from sharing information electronically with your staff, having a link on your website or posters around the workplace for staff or customers
Becoming a Foster Carer
If you feel you could become a foster carer with Hull Fostering we'd love you to get in touch. You need to be over 21, have a spare bedroom and live within 30 miles of Hull to foster with the council. Foster carers with us receive continuous support, a dedicated social worker and a generous weekly fostering allowance while each child or young person is in placement.
An information pack is available from the Hull Fostering team -
01482 612 800