More than 100 foster carers attended the annual Foster Care Conference organised by Worcestershire Fostering last week at Worcester Racecourse.
Among the topics covered was the change to the Independent Fostering Agency (IFA) – Worcestershire Children First Fostering.
As of 1 October 2019, Children’s Services in Worcestershire will be delivered by Worcestershire Children First on behalf of Worcestershire County Council . One of the services they will deliver is fostering to provide placements for children looked after by Worcester Children First on behalf of the County Council and will be known as Worcestershire Children First Fostering (WCFF)
As this service is technically no longer being delivered by the County Council it needs to be set up as an IFA and be registered with Ofsted to continue delivering its services.
Speaking at the annual Foster Care Conference on Wednesday 22 May at Worcester Racecourse, Barbara Carter, Group Manager for Foster and Kinship Care at Worcestershire County Council said: “Worcestershire Children First Fostering will continue to offer placements for children in care by Worcestershire Children First on behalf of the County Council. We recruit local carers for local children that allows them to keep in contact with their families, schools and communities.
“Foster carers will transfer to WCFF with the same levels of supervision and support that they have at present. We will continue to offer our carers a wide-ranging training programme which assists them to develop their skills and knowledge to look after and support the children we place with them.”
Although the service is technically not delivered by Worcestershire County Council the company itself is 100% owned by the council and subsequently Worcestershire Children First Fostering is 100% owned by the county council.
Councillor Andy Roberts, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Children and Families at Worcestershire County Council, said: “Worcestershire Children First will have a single, unwavering focus on children and young people and making Worcestershire a wonderful place for them to grow up and having children’s services all in one place allows us to do just that.”
For those interested in joining becoming a foster carer and changing the life of a child or young person further information is available on the fostering section of the Worcestershire Children First website or call 0880 028 2158.