Telford & Wrekin Council launch ‘Fostering Plus’

Telford & Wrekin Council has launched ‘Fostering Plus’ to attract skilled professionals and people with significant experience of working with or looking after vulnerable young people with complex physical, emotional and behavioural needs to come forward and foster.

The Fostering service is holding a meeting on Monday 12th February at 11am, Addenbrooke House, Ironmasters Way, Telford, for people interested in finding out more.

Nationally there is a shortage of skilled foster carers, particularly people who have the experience and willingness to take on older children and teenagers identified as having a complex range of needs. These young people may have experienced a number of placement breakdowns in the past and may well be placed out of the local area, far from friends and family.

Research says that living as part of a foster family is better for most children in care and helps them to achieve at school and form lasting relationships. By keeping children in the local area they may continue to have connections to the things which are important to them, like family, school, friends and activities.

The aim of Fostering Plus is to increase and develop further in-house provision of highly skilled and experienced individuals who are already trained to care for children and young people with complex emotional and/or physical needs.

Councillor Paul Watling, Telford & Wrekin Council’s cabinet member for Children’s & Adults Early Help & Support, said: “Fostering Plus is a fantastic opportunity to change a young person’s life, allowing individuals to use and develop their existing skills in a home-based role.

“These skills may have been developed through previous jobs and professions, which involved working with children and young people with a significant range of needs and behavioural issues.  Alternatively they may have been developed through experience as foster carers, or through significant experience of living with vulnerable children or young people with complex needs.

“Our Fostering Plus carers are part of a multi-disciplinary team around the young person. They provide an enhanced level of support to these young people and play a crucial role in the planning and maintaining of the placement.

“In return they receive an enhanced fee payment and a comprehensive package of support and training, including planned, paid respite, access to supervision and support groups, access to support from a team of social care professionals, including out of hours and emergency support, as well as ongoing professional development.”

To find out more about this specialist fostering scheme go to
To book a place at the meeting ring 01952 387387

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Russell Griffin, Public Relations Team Leader, Telford & Wrekin Council on 01952 382407, or email       PR   Ref 10010