Fostering Warwickshire

Fostering in Warwickshire

Fostering Warwickshire

We are happy to share that, as a West Midlands based fostering service (Birmingham), we are an approved Foster Carer provider for Warwickshire County Council (as well as for all local surrounding Local Authorities) which means that when children and young people from the Warwickshire area are in need of Foster homes, The Children’s Services Team will forward us a referral to see what suitable homes we have for that child within the area. As such we work with them closely to ensure we recruit and train the most suitable and well-matched Foster Carers possible.

To give you an idea of the scope of fostering, specific to Warwickshire, please see below localised information that you may find helpful.


How many children are in care in Warwickshire?

It was reported by Warwickshire County Council that in March 2022 that there were 822 looked after children and young people from within the local authority area, of which the vast majority of these (557) were placed in foster homes. This is a slight drop in comparison to the previous year however overall since 2018 there has been an increase of nearly 15%

Total number of children in care on 31st March

2018


2022

2019

2020

2021


Warwickshire Childrens Services will always try to keep Warwickshire based Children local (when it is safe an appropriate to do so), as this helps the child to continue with important aspects such as attending school and supervised family time etc, so when we are looking at matching children to potential foster homes from Warwickshire our Foster Carers form this area will always be our first point of call. Additionally, other neighbouring local authorities such as Birmingham or Coventry for example, will sometimes reach out to our Warwickshire based foster carers if they have been unable to find a suitably matched Foster Carer within their own Local Authority.



Total number of children fostered on 31st March

2018

2019

2020

2021


Why are the children coming into care?

The reasons that children and young people are entering care in Warwiskshire is monitored by the Local Authority. You will see from the details below that this mostly due to dysfunction or acute stress within the child’s birth family and/or abuse and neglect .


Warwickshire 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
N2. Child's Disability Number 17 22 30 36 31
Percentage 2% 3% 4% 4% 4%
N3. Parental illness or disability Number 7 7 8 11 6
Percentage 1% 1% 1% 1% 1%
N4. Family in acute distress Number 75 88 87 94 78
Percentage 10% 12% 12% 11% 9%
N5. Family dysfunction Number 144 162 184 228 220
Percentage 20% 22% 24% 27% 27%
N6. Socially unacceptable behaviour Number 20 16 11 10 12
Percentage 3% 2% 1% 1% 1%
N7. Low income Number 0 0 0 0 0
Percentage 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
N8. Absent parenting Number 73 75 84 97 108
Percentage 10% 10% 11% 11% 1%
N1. Abuse or neglect Number 381 352 350 384 367
Percentage 53% 49% 46% 45% 45%

During your assessment and training to become a Foster Carer we will provide you training that will allow you to understand what impact this may have had on the children that come into your care, their development, their understanding of boundaries or their ability to trust adults to keep them safe.


About the children that come into care

Children come into care every day of all ages, however we do find that there are certain age groups that have higher numbers, for example; In March 2022 children and young people aged 10-15 years account for the majority of looked after children in Warwickshire (36%), below you can see a rough guide to the ages of children that were in care in the Warwickshire area over the last 5 years.


Age group Warwickshire
2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total Number 717 722 754 860
Percentage 100% 100% 100% 100% 100%
1-4 years Number 85 119 119 145
Percentage 12% 16% 16% 17% 15%
10-15 years Number 253 265 263 313
Percentage 35% 37% 35% 36% 36%
16 years and over Number 210 174 200 208
Percentage 29% 24% 27% 24% 28%
5-9 years Number 125 131 130 161
Percentage 17% 18% 17% 19% 16%
Under 1 year Number 44 33 42 33
Percentage 6% 5% 6% 4% 4%

When you hear us talking about matching, one of the areas that we will always try to match where possible is the ethnic profile of children and their Foster Carers. To give you an idea how this is reflected in Warwickshire please see the below information as reported by Childrens Services. This is important information to know as in order to be able to match effectively, there needs to be a foster carer base that reflects the demographics of the city’s children and young people.
White children and young people make up 75% of the looked after population in Warwickshire, followed by Mixed Heritage children (7%), Asian/Asian British children (4%), Black/Black British children (3%) and children of other ethnic origins accounting for 11%


What Foster Carers are needed in Warwickshire?

There is a real need at the moment to increase the number of foster homes across Warwickshire. As a whole, we need to recruit committed carers across the board for children of all ages, however, there is a clear and evidenced need to recruit additional Carers that are able to offer homes to children aged 10-15 as this is the age category that has the highest number of all fostered children.
We are also dedicated to keeping siblings together, where appropriate, and as such are in need of homes that are able to consider fostering more than one child.



There is also an increasing demand for mother and baby placements and children with complex medical needs and/or life limiting conditions.
Full Training and support is provided to our Carers to ensure that they are able to offer the types of placements they would like and are considered suitable for. Click here to find out more about what different types of foster care placements you could offer to children from in and around Warwickshire. Alternatively contact a member of our team or to request a copy of our fostering brochure

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Foster in Birmingham

There is a special place in heart for fostering Birmingham because it’s where we are based. With that in mind if you are in the Birmingham area, a really big benefit for you as an F5 Foster Carer is having our headquarters almost on your doorstop – Our office has an open door policy so you are free to pop in whenever you like for a chat or to ask any questions, its also where we hold the majority of our training and support group meetings. FIND OUT MORE

Foster in Coventry

As a Birmingham based agency we have good connections and relationships with our neighbouring Coventry City Council. With that in mind if you are thinking of fostering in Coventry, a really big benefit for you as an F5 Foster Carer is being so close to our headquarters. FIND OUT MORE

Foster in Dudley

We are happy to share that we are an approved Foster Carer provider for Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council (as well as for all local surrounding Local Authorities) which means that when children and young people from the Dudley area are in need of Foster homes, Dudley MBC Childrens Services will forward us a referral to see what suitable homes we have for that child.

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Foster in Sandwell

As a locally based agency (Birmingham) we have good connections and relationships with our neighbouring Sandwell Council. With that in mind if you are in the Sandwell area, a really big benefit for you as an F5 Foster Carer is being so close to our headquarters – Our office has an open door policy so you are free to pop in whenever you like for a chat or to ask any questions, its also where we hold the majority of our training and support group meetings.

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Foster in Shropshire
Foster in Solihull

We are happy to share that we are an approved Foster Carer provider for Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council (as well as for all local surrounding Local Authorities). FIND OUT MORE

Foster in Staffordshire

We are an approved Foster Carer provider for Staffordshire County Council (as well as for all local surrounding Local Authorities) which means that when children and young people from the Staffordshire area in need of Foster homes, Staffordshire Childrens Services will forward us a referral to see what suitable homes we have for that child within the area.

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Foster in Stoke-on-Trent

We are happy to share that we are an approved Foster Carer provider for Stoke on Trent Council (as well as for all local surrounding Local Authorities) which means that when children and young people from the Stoke area in need of Foster homes, Stoke on Trent Childrens Services will forward us a referral to see what suitable homes we have for that child. As such we work with them closely to ensure we recruit and train the most suitable and well matched Foster Carers possible.

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Foster in Telford & Wrekin

We are happy to share that, as a West Midlands based fostering service (Birmingham), we are an approved Foster Carer provider for Telford and Wrekin Council (as well as for all local surrounding Local Authorities)

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Foster in Walsall

 

We are happy to share that we are an approved Foster Carer provider for Walsall Council (as well as for all local surrounding Local Authorities) which means that when children and young people from the Walsall area are in need of Foster homes, Walsall Childrens Services will forward us a referral to see what suitable homes we have for that child. As such we work with them closely to ensure we recruit and train the most suitable and well matched Foster Carers possible.

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Foster in Wolverhampton

 

 

We are happy to share that we are an approved Foster Carer provider for Wolverhampton Council (as well as for all local surrounding Local Authorities) which means that when children and young people from the Wolverhampton area in need of Foster homes

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Foster in Worcestershire

 

As an agency based in the heart of the West Midlands based we have good connections and relationships with all Local Authorities in the area including the children’s team at Worcestershire Council. With that in mind if you are in the Worcestershire area, a really big benefit for you as an F5 Foster Carer is being quite close to our headquarters

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