Since 2013 the number of Carers have grown to around 13 covering Luton, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire and is steadily growing with many more in assessment.
Capstone offers generous allowances as well as full training and support. We are constantly looking to recruit new carers across the UK to fill an ever-increasing deficit. The majority of the children and young people needing foster care are between the ages of four and eighteen and there are many types of fostering needed. Sibling groups where brothers and/or sisters are best kept together, parent and child groups which normally consist of a mother and her baby that need support, teenagers or placements with disabilities or complex special requirements – all need the care and safeguarding afforded by a loving family foster home.
Yvonne heads up the Luton Team and has been a Senior Practitioner with Capstone for 5 years. Prior to this she worked with the Local Authority as a Childcare Social Worker and also a Social work Team Manager. Within her role as a Senior Practitioner she supervises our foster carers and helps to run Skills to Foster training and other Capstone training courses. She has also been involved with helping out with Recruitment and is a Chair at our foster carer’s reviews.
The Luton Team offers quarterly support groups that our foster carer’s host in their own homes. Yvonne has encourage and helped develop a support network where carers can meet up and support each other. She has also linked experienced foster carers with the less experienced, to support each other. Within these support groups, respite can be organised between the various carers, which has been successful on many occasions.
Yvonne organises training locally for Luton’s carers. Training will usually take place in our London Office but Yvonne looks for local community halls/venues for the carers in Luton and Hertfordshire for training. Carers also have the opportunity to do online core training in the comfort of their own home, which has benefited them massively.
What makes the team great in Luton is that people have really got to know each other have a really tight supporting network. Yvonne and the Team are very consistent with their foster carers, following through from doing the initial visits, all the way to doing some of their Form Fs and then supervising them as approved foster carers with the looked after children’s needs always a priority.
If you have thought about becoming a foster carer in and around Luton, or indeed are already a registered carer looking to transfer to a great agency, please get in touch with the Team at Capstone on 020 3384 4435 or simply click here.
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