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Call for more foster carers to help desperate children and teenagers in Redbridge

PUBLISHED: 14:30 30 October 2017

Mandy is a foster carer for Redbridge Council

Mandy is a foster carer for Redbridge Council

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Efforts are being stepped up to recruit more foster carers in the borough in a major campaign led by Redbridge Council.

The campaign highlights the need to recruit more foster carers for teenagers, although there are children of all ages who need a foster home.

It is accompanied by a new promotional video which features residents Tricia, Abby and Mandy, providing an insight into what it takes to be a foster carer and the positive difference they make to a young person’s life.

In July, Redbridge Council decided to discount council tax bills for foster carers by 60pc and care leavers are also exempt until they are 25-years-old.

Councillor Elaine Norman, cabinet member for children and young people said, “We need more foster carers for the borough’s children.

“There are many children who need a loving, stable home and a nurturing environment – we want to reach out to those in the borough who have the space to offer a child a safe place to help them grow in confidence and achieve their potential.

“There are families out there whose son or daughter may have just left home or others who may have a spare room for another reason.

We need them to come forward and consider fostering for the council.

“Ongoing support and training is available to help you excel in this rewarding role and to help you change a child’s life.”

The council is recruiting for people with a wide range of skills and real life experiences to foster a child and are appealing to all residents who have a spare room in a caring home to step forward.

Anyone can foster regardless of gender, religion, relationship status or sexual orientation.

Carers are supported by established and experienced social workers and receive a wealth of training to help them develop and equip them with the skills needed to deal with challenging behaviours, should they arise.

In addition, peer support and mentoring programmes offer other opportunities to access advice which can be shared among current carers.

There are a variety of short and long term placement options available to suit individual lifestyles, and new foster carers are also given furniture and equipment where needed.

To find out more, call the fostering team on 020 8708 7528 or email fostering@redbridge.gov.uk.

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