foster carers being sought in the Burnham-On-Sea area
carers are being sought in the Burnham-On-Sea area as part of
an initiative to find up to 150 across Somerset this year.
Somerset County Council currently has around 250 foster carers
and will need another 100 to 150 in the next year to keep up with
the rising number of children coming into care and to replace
the foster carers that have retired.
Cllr Frances Nicholson, Cabinet Member for Children and Families
at Somerset County Council, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "It
is our responsibility to make sure children and young people in
Somerset are safe. Children who have come into our care have often
experienced trauma and neglect. We have a duty to give them a
loving and stable home, where they can thrive and begin to reach
The number of children in care in Somerset has risen from around
370 to more than 500 in just four years. These figures reflect
a national rise in the number of children in care which is strongly
linked to the Baby Peter Connelly case, as more people now report
signs of abuse or neglect.
Cllr Nicholson continued: "When we haven't enough foster
carers in general, and in particular foster carers with the right
specialist skills, children in care are placed with private agency
foster carers or in childrens homes. This means that children
sometimes end up living further away from their home, school and
family than is ideal, or in a childrens home when a family
setting where the foster carers have the right specialist skills
would be better."
"We need more people to become foster carers. All you need
is a spare room in your home, a willingness to help a child, bucket
loads of patience and a willingness to learn. We
welcome people from all walks of life to apply to foster. It doesnt
matter if you are single, married or in a same sex relationship,
own or rent your home, have children of your own or not."
To find out more about becoming a foster carer and the different
types of foster care, click here
or call 0800 587 9900 for an information pack.