Bristol City Council has made an urgent appeal for more people to become emergency foster carers during the coronavirus (COVID19) crisis.
The Council says more foster carers are urgently needed to support children in the city as illness and self-isolation measures have created a shortfall of carers in the city.
Applicants will be fast-tracked with the possibility of becoming an emergency foster carer within three weeks, subject to safeguarding checks.
The Council have announced a package of measures, including an intensive shortened assessment process and a wrap-around programme of 24 hour support for new foster carers as they take on the role. Skilled and experienced existing foster carers will also be on the end of a video link to offer their guidance and expertise in ‘1-2-1 Buddy’ roles.
The Council will also implement a system to assess families and individuals who apply to be foster carers while maintaining the government’s social distancing guidelines.
Councillor Helen Godwin, Cabinet Member for Women, Children and Young People, explained:
“We need more foster carers than ever as the coronavirus begins to take its toll and causes more carers to become ill or enter self-isolation. We are calling on people who want to help during the pandemic to come forward so the most vulnerable children in Bristol are properly cared for during this difficult time.
“The Council will provide full training and a package of support for those who can open their homes during this time of need. We are grateful to those already active in the care system and hope that more come forward in the coming weeks so that we can continue to offer the care and support these children need.”
Bristol City Council is asking those wanting to find out more or make an application to call the team on 0117 3534200 or visit https://www.bristol.gov.uk/web/foster-with-bristol-city-council/home