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Solution 28: Short-Term, Solution-Focused Fostering

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The Solution 28 scheme provides children and young people with a supportive, stable home for a period of 28 days, whilst long-term provisions are arranged.

When a child unexpectedly enters the care system, whilst a permanent home is agreed upon, which may include finding the right permanent Foster Carer, or reunification with the family, it’s important that the child is placed in a safe, temporary home within familiar surroundings. Solution 28 allows the child to stay within the boundaries of their local authority, ensuring that they can continue to attend their current school during the 28-day period and have regular access to their social worker, with whom they are familiar, and their family if required. Hear about Solution 28 emergency fostering from Sharon and Ken, in an interview with BBC Radio Gloucestershire below.

The 28-day window allows appropriate long-term arrangements to be made that may include finding permanent Foster Carers who are right for that child, limiting the risk of multiple placements, and causing any further unnecessary distress. Solution 28 Foster Carers must be prepared to care for a child within a very short space of time, have space in their home to do so, and commit to the 28-day care of that child. You must be compassionate and patient, and able to provide stability, in an unstable time.

We’re currently looking for Solution 28 Foster Carers in Cornwall, Gloucestershire, Bristol, Swindon, The Forest of Dean and surrounding areas.

When a child enters the care system, Solution 28 foster placements give the local authority time to find the right long-term placement for that child.

Could that be you?

We want to hear from people who are nurturing, compassionate and enjoy helping others. People with experience in nursing, caring, residential care, or healthcare have transferrable skills that would be very beneficial for fostering.

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Why become a Solution 28 Foster Carer?

As well as the opportunity to offer support to a child or young person that will impact the rest of their life, becoming a Foster Carer in our Solution 28 scheme has many other benefits…

Fostering can become a full-time career and has many benefits, including a competitive salary and flexibility. As part of the Solution 28 scheme, we offer an enhanced fee plus a retainer when not caring for a young person.

  • We provide Foster Carers with regular, specialised training to ensure they have all the knowledge and expertise for the role, enabling them to do the job to the best of their ability.
  • Our team are on hand to offer you support throughout the entire process. We offer access to monthly support groups and weekly support of up to four hours from our fostering support workers.
  • As well as support from the fostering team, you’ll also have weekly carer supervision with a social worker and 24/7 access to a social worker, 365 days a year.

Cathy is also from Gloucestershire and she’s been fostering with Five Rivers for 10 years

“Young People on the scheme are often very traumatised so building a relationship quickly is the first hurdle. Once settled you can build in all the appointments needed to start meeting the young person’s needs which includes working closely with the Local Authority. It’s a fast pace but by the end of the 28 days you have a long-term plan and security for your young person”

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You could be part of the Solution

We welcome enquiries from anyone interested in Solution 28 fostering. If you’d like to learn more, please contact:

Our Carer Enquiries Team

E: [email protected]

T: 0330 818 5257

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