My role has many different areas but for me, it's about building relationships and engaging with people - carers, children, young people, staff, local authorities and many other people that are involved in the fostering role. This includes the birth children and extended family members as well. I like to lead by example and hope to be a good role model within the teams. I need to take a lead and make decisions but I also like to ‘muck in ‘ and be an all-rounder where I can.
My role is to support the team, carers and young people to achieve best possible outcomes. This will include offering training, supervision, show an understanding of complex needs and the issues arising from this and to fully understand what fostering is and how we can make a difference in peoples lives.
I offer guidance and support and manage employees well being. I see my role to lead and motivate others and I have a real passion for participation and consultation with all. Fostering can be rewarding and challenging. I strive to support all to achieve really good placements for the children and young people that we look after. I have been involved in all areas of fostering work and I can guide others with my knowledge and experience. My family were Foster Carers and this brings another angle to the role, I have as I understand from a fostering families point of view too.