Foster Carers Frequently Asked Questions
Please send your really difficult questions, brilliant suggestions or anything else you'd like to know about but can't find on the website to Ingrid Mather. We can't promise to answer every question immediately but we will do our very best. Questions that everyone can benefit from we will add to our Foster Carers Frequently Asked Questions section below.
Can we use the Personal Education Allowance (PEA) for Letterbox Library?
Yes! If the child needs to have a boost to their reading, Letterbox Library is a good way of doing this. At the PEP meeting check that the child’s levels show there is a need to improve reading. If the answer is yes, make sure one of the targets is to boost reading by getting a subscription to Letterbox Library.
What is the Children in Care Council?
The Children in care council (CiCC) meet regularly to allow young people in care to voice their opinions, feelings and thoughts about the care system. There is also the Tune In group for Care Leavers.
The aim of each group is to improve the quality of life for Children in Care by making sure they are listened to. They then take issues they feel need improving to decision makers at a corporate parenting meeting. It is a lot of fun with loads of different and interesting opportunities to get involved with and a great way for young people to make new friends and have fun.
Where can I look for help with Education, Training and Employment?
Help is at hand for all young people in care with regards to education, training and employment. They can arrange a one-to-one appointment by texting their name, date of birth and address to: 07881 332759 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Is there advice and guidance for Young People leaving care?
Yes, the Local Authority have produced a handbook which contains some practical information, tells young people about the help and support they can expect, and about different options available. There is a link to the 'Leaving Care Handbook' on the Young People in Care page on this website.
What is the Virtual School?
The Stoke-on-Trent Virtual School is not a teaching institution but a way of bringing together the information about children and young people in care and care leavers living in Stoke-on-Trent. The Virtual School is part of Stoke on Trent Local Authority education services and our purpose is to ensure that children in our care and care leavers (CiC) enjoy, achieve and progress to long term education, training and employment.