Once you’ve decided that you have a space in your home and your life to care for a child living away from their family home, you have a few more choices to make. One of these is the agency that you make the journey with, and there are plenty to choose from. If you’re local to North Lanarkshire and you like what you read, we’d love you to join our team.
Sadly there are times when it is not possible for children to live at home with their birth families. There could be a number of reasons for this including abuse, neglect, substance abuse or the child’s needs not being met. Here at North Lanarkshire Council we have a team who have decades of experience in successfully matching these children with alternative carers.
Our approach is shaped around the knowledge that by the time a child is placed under our care, he or she has already faced challenges that no child should have to face.
We place greater emphasis than many on finding the right match. We do this by ensuring that we recruit a wide range of carers with different skills, interests and passions.
We aim to keep children local wherever possible as it helps to minimize disruption. Ensuring we have carers available across North Lanarkshire is challenging. But we make it a priority because we know it can make all the difference.
We also work to find homes where sibling groups can remain together. Brothers and sisters nearly always do better when placed in the same home.
Our Training Programme
We make no apology for running an extremely rigorous training and assessment programme prior to carers being approved. We ask a lot of you at the outset because we believe it will help you to be the best carer you can be, which will be better both for you and our children.
We are well aware that there may be other agencies who can offer to move you through the approval process more quickly than we can. But we are confident that our sessions, whilst challenging, are thorough and that you will be glad to have worked through them. We want you to be challenged in a safe environment, supported by trainers who can guide you, and mentors who can share their experiences with you.
It is perfectly possible to get through the process within 6 months, but this will depend on your availability for the range of training days that you need to attend. And some people prefer to take it more slowly, absorbing the training in chunks and using the time to clarify preferences.
Our training continues once you’ve been approved. You will be offered training in a whole range of areas on an ongoing basis.
You will have your own link worker to support you and ensure that you never feel alone. And you will have access a support group of peers because we know from experience that often the best help comes in the form of talking to someone who has faced something similar.
We do also provide competitive financial support. This isn’t something that we shout about because we want our carers to view this as an enabler rather than a motivating factor.