About foster care: for kids

Children's guide

We want you to enjoy yourself and make sure that you're happy when you stay with one of our foster carers. Here's some things you'll need to know.

The people who'll look after you

We will find foster carers for you. They'll help look after you.

You might stay with your foster carers for a short or long time.

Your foster carers will:

  • meet your family to find out more about you and what you like to do
  • visit your school, meet your teachers and find out what you like to do at school.

Where you'll stay

When you stay with your foster carers, you'll have your own comfortable bedroom. In your bedroom, you can listen to music, play or just relax.

In the sitting room, you can watch your favourite television programmes, play games with friends and have visitors. In the bathroom, you can wash and also clean your teeth.

Your foster carers will find out what you can eat and they'll ask you what you like best to eat. You can tell them what your favourite foods are.

The things you can do

There are lots of fun things to do. You can:

  • make new friends
  • play and join groups like youth clubs, Scouts or Guides
  • go on trips and holidays.

Staying safe

  • Your social worker will help us get to know you and what you need.
  • We will meet often to make sure you are happy.
  • You may also have an advocate or an independent visitor, who you can talk to.
  • We'll make sure that your foster carers are right for you and that they care for you properly.
  • There may be certain ways that your foster carers like to live.
  • They may have rules that they will want you to follow.
  • We will make sure that you, and everyone else working with you or looking after you, get the help they need.

Being healthy

Your foster carers, and everyone else working with you or looking after you, will:

  • give you lots of things to do
  • give you healthy food to eat
  • take you to the doctor, dentist, optician, physiotherapist, occupational therapist or speech therapist if you need to go.

Learning things and having fun

Your foster carers, and everyone else working with you or looking after you, will:

  • chat with you about things, so you can get the most out of school and your free time
  • encourage you to try new things and keep doing the things you enjoy
  • make sure that you have everything you need to communicate, move around and relax.

Taking part

Your foster carers will help you:

  • keep in touch with your family
  • have your say when plans are being made
  • say how you are feeling
  • get to know how you tell people things. You may like to tell people things in words, or change the expression on your face, or use sounds or movements

Understanding money and work

Your foster carers will make sure that you:

  • learn new things and help yourself
  • are treated in the right way for your age
  • have the chance to use your own money and learn about work.

Your foster carers are given some money to help look after you properly and provide everything you need.

Unhappy or sad?

If you are unhappy or sad or have any worries, there are different people you can talk to:

  • your foster carers
  • your family and friends
  • your social worker
  • your advocate or independent visitor
  • Scope's fostering manager, Heather Gardner, phone 0300 303 2962

We will try to help you.

Here are some other people you can talk to if you are unhappy:

ChildLine

You can talk to ChildLine about anything – no problem is too big or too small. They won't tell anyone, unless you want them to.

Contact ChildLine by phone, email, message board or chat.

Ofsted

Ofsted is the Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills.

Telephone 0300 123 1231

Or write to Ofsted, Piccadilly Gate, Store Street, Manchester, M1 2WD

enquiries@ofsted.gov.uk

Scope

Contact us for information and advice on any disability issue and for information about our services. You can also talk to us if you want to make a complaint.

0808 800 3333

helpline@scope.org.uk

We want you to help us to make your time with your foster carers really good, so please tell us how we can make things better for you.

More information

When you join us, we'll give you a booklet with this information in it too. It will also tell you:

  • Who your Independent Reviewing Officer is, their telephone number and email address
  • Who the Children's Rights Director is in your area, their telephone number and email address.

Please let us know if you'd like this guide in another format such as Makaton, audio or in another language.

Contact us

Use our Fostering Service contact form to contact us about anything. You can also call Heather Gardner on 0300 303 2962.