Council achieves ‘fostering friendly’ employer status
The county council is proud to be recognised as a ‘fostering friendly’ employer by the charity ‘The Fostering Network’.
A fostering friendly employer is an organisation or business that helps employees who are foster carers or who want to become foster carers.
According to the Fostering Network nearly 40 per cent of foster carers combine fostering with other work. Those who do say that a supportive employer can make all the difference, enabling them to balance employment with looking after children.
As a ‘fostering friendly’ employer, the county council has introduced a brand new fostering policy from 1 April 2022, which gives employees who already foster for the council or who wish to become a council foster carer, an additional 5 days paid leave.
This will mean employees can benefit from flexible working and have paid time off to help a new child or young person settle into their care, complete fostering training, and attend support groups and meetings with their fostering social worker.
Fostering Friendly employers also help promote Foster Care Fortnight™, the Fostering Network’s annual campaign to raise the profile of fostering and encourage people to consider becoming foster carers to offer children the care they need.
Cllr Stephen Davies, cabinet member for children’s safeguarding and early years at Gloucestershire County Council said: “We recognise and value the important contribution that foster carers make to society and especially the lives of children in care by providing them with a stable, loving home.
“We want to increase the number of council foster carers to make sure that children can stay local, remain in their own school and close to their family and friends.
“I am delighted that the council is leading the way as a supportive and flexible employer, to help foster carers balance their work and caring responsibilities and I’d encourage other local organisations to do the same.”
Whether you’re employed or not, you live alone or as part of a family, if you’re interested in fostering we’d love to hear from you. Contact us now for a no obligation conversation to find out more about how we can support you to become a foster carer for Gloucestershire County Council. Please visit www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/fostering or call 01242 532654.