SFS are proud to announce that we are joining a pilot study by the University of Worcester looking at ways to encourage those with disability to become foster carers. The research is entitled ‘Mutual benefits: the potential of disabled people as foster carers’ and is being undertaken by a group of academic and disabled researchers and disabled people with lived experience of fostering, aiming to identify the reasons why so few disabled people are engaged as foster carers. The study aims to explore practices in four fostering agencies in England in the private, charitable and state sectors and SFS is one of these four. They will look at the marketing, recruitment and support issues with a view to exploring ways in which disabled people may be able to perform valued work roles in foster care, while at the same time providing positive role models for children.
You can read more about the recruitment project here. The project will end in January 2020 and its findings will be used to inform national practice.
If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a foster carer apply today using our quick and easy form, or if you have questions about becoming a carer read through our FAQ page. You can always call one of our offices to speak with a Social Worker on either 01474 365 500 or 029 2046 0004.