Why foster with us?
As a foster carer with Swindon Borough Council, you’ll become a valued member of our team, working with the child to offer them the best support and care to make a difference to their life.
Wide choice of placements
We have a wide range of placements from babies through to teenagers who need local carers to look after them and keep them close to their friends, family and school. You will have a choice and you can say no to a placement. Many private fostering agencies will only be able to offer you limited placements without choice due to the way the fostering system works.
We need foster families for children with different levels of need and we work hard to ensure we match the right child to the right family and gradually build up your confidence, skills and experience.
Support from the service
We’ll be there for you every step of the way through the recruitment process to help with your application, offer advice and answer any questions, no matter how big or small.
We offer 24-hour support once you’re approved so someone will always be at the end of the phone if you need them. You’d also have a dedicated supervising social worker who provides support, advice and guidance through regular meetings.
You’ll have access to our children’s nurse if you need advice as well as specialist support via our children’s mental health team.
If you have children of your own, we’ve got lots of support and activities available for them too, giving them the chance to make friends with other children of foster carers.
You’ll get free membership to the Fostering Network, which is a specialist support organisation to help foster carers, and automatic membership to Swindon Foster Carers Association which offers local support.
Support from other foster carers
One of the most special things about our fostering service is the relationship between foster carers, who are like a family themselves. As a local foster care service, our carers live locally and have a great support network. They support each other as friends and have regular get-togethers to meet for coffee and a chat. Many of our carers value this as one of the most important parts of fostering with us which you wouldn’t get with a private fostering agency.
We also have a mentoring ‘buddy’ scheme for foster carers to share experiences and support one another.
Fees and Allowances
We offer generous payments and allowances to our foster carers to recognise the time and commitment they give to fostering. Read more about our fees on the payments and allowances for foster carers webpage.
You’ll receive many training opportunities to develop your skills and knowledge to help you grow in your role as a foster carer. You’ll start learning right from the beginning as part of our Skills to Foster preparation course. All training is local and held at different times and venues to make it as convenient as possible for you.
Training is also a great way of meeting other carers and getting support while developing your skills and experience. This also increases the fee you receive.