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Fostering in Nottingham City

Fostering in Nottingham City Open your heart for a life changing experience
through fostering
Fostering in Nottingham City Open your heart for a life changing experience
through fostering

Fostering in Nottingham City

Sunbeam Fostering Agency

Do you live in Nottingham City? And looking for a local fostering agency with whom you want to become a foster carer? Sunbeam Fostering Agency is one of the largest in the UK. We offer up to £650 per child per week with local staff at hand in Nottingham City.

Sunbeam is one of the leading fostering agencies in the UK offering a range of fostering services. We are registered with Ofsted and offering excellent help and support to all our foster families. There is a growing number of children coming into care all over the UK including Surrey County. To provide care and a family home to look after children, we urgently need foster carers from a wide range of backgrounds, races, and religions. This is because all children have their own unique and individual backgrounds and heritage.

Sunbeam Fostering Agency is one of the largest fostering agencies in the UK, we have offices all around England, please visit our contact us page to locate the nearest Sunbeam office to Nottingham City.

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Sunbeam was established in 2000 in the London area. The company has grown in all major parts of the UK with dedicated staff members for each area and especially in Surrey to fulfil the needs of looked after children. We have offices in London, Coventry with resource centres in Croydon and a sister agency in Luton (Pride Fostering Service). We currently provide services to over 50 Local Authorities in London, South East, South Central, Midlands and North regions and are geographically expanding into further areas to recruit more foster carers for the benefit of children in care. We are accredited by the relevant professional bodies such as London Care Placements, South Central Framework Authorities and East and West Midlands Childcare Consortia. We also hold contracts with West London Alliance, Croydon, Sutton, Lambeth, Lewisham, Suffolk, Luton, Central, Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Hampshire etc. We are a member of NAFP, NWG and Fostering Network. Sunbeam is also a member of Coram BAAF and FosterTalk.  All our foster carers are individual members of the FosterTalk. As one of the largest and most progressive independent fostering agencies in the UK, we provide quality family placements to children in care and competitive foster care payments to our foster carers.

To become a foster carer you do not need to be married, own a house or have children of your own. All you need is time, commitment, dedication and a spare bedroom. We will provide free training to prepare you to foster, help and support you through the process.

If you live in Surrey and looking for a local fostering agency to start with your fostering career who truly cares then why not give us a call to discuss your options and start with your fostering enquiry. We have dedicated staff on hand who will be happy to assist you.

Why foster carers choose Sunbeam? because we provide

  • High quality, professional extensive support
  • A supervising social worker who will be local to you and dedicated to supporting you
  • Full support on a 24 hour basis through our out of hours team
  • An excellent and progressive training programme
  • The chance to be treated as a fostering professional
  • The opportunity to become a specialist foster carer for children with challenging needs. This may be a child with disabilities, autism or learning difficulties
  • Regular support groups for foster carers and children
  • Competitive fostering allowances to cover children’s needs and provide a “reward” element to carers
  • Good placement levels due to our tenders with Local Authorities and several preferred provider relationships

If you are thinking about fostering or perhaps a change of career or have any questions and would like to explore fostering further then either complete a callback request or call our office on 020 8799 0930. We also hold coffee mornings and local information sessions and if you would rather come to these, then head to our events page to see when we are coming next to your local area.

Become a Foster Carer In Nottingham City

Take a first step towards fostering, get in touch with our fostering team






    Who can foster?

    Your age should be at least 21 years-old (although by law you can apply to foster from 18) and to have a spare bedroom big enough for a young person to live in.

    Fostering Allowance

    As a foster carer, you will receive fostering allowance which normally covers things like food, clothing, transportation, pocket money, outings etc.

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    What foster carers are saying

    This job is probably one of my favourites. Every day is different, every day has new challenges and every day has new rewards. It’s not always easy but each challenge you go through with the child bonds you and makes you both stronger for each other.

    Foster Carer
    Foster Carer

    We have been fostering for the last 8 years and feel proud to be a part of the Sunbeam family. At the beginning, we thought it’s a tough job, but the skills to foster initial training and the whole assessment procedure to become a carer was interesting, and it gave us both a broad insight into both the tough and rewarding side of what we were likely to encounter.

    Hannah and Kashif
    Hannah and Kashif

    “Fostering is a rewarding experience as it allows you to actually make a difference for a child/young person. I feel happy being able to make such a difference whether it is for one day or several years.”

    Asma
    Asma

    “When they told me that I had been approved for fostering, well I just cried. I was an emotional wreck and was so happy that I just couldn’t hold back my very, very, happy tears.”

    Karen Thorn
    Karen Thorn
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    All About Fostering Allowance

    Sunbeam offers up to £650 fostering allowance per child per week depending on children’s needs. Additionally, we pay other allowances and our foster carers receive many other benefits while fostering with us. We welcome foster carers from a diverse range of backgrounds and all ages. We would welcome you to take the opportunity to speak to one of our existing foster carers to hear this first hand.

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    FAQ – FOSTERING

    We have answered a few common questions about fostering

    01. I'm not married – does this matter?
    Although some Local Authorities and IFAs will allow this, at Sunbeam we think that the high quality care, which we consider every one of our children and young people need, can only be achieved by having one carer at home full time. Our carers are part of a professional and dedicated team and we offer them a remuneration and respite package that reflects their commitment.
    02. Can I still go out to work and be a foster carer?
    Although some Local Authorities and IFAs will allow this, at Sunbeam we think that the high quality care, which we consider every one of our children and young people need, can only be achieved by having one carer at home full time. Our carers are part of a professional and dedicated team and we offer them a remuneration and respite package that reflects their commitment.
    03. Do I have to own my home?
    Most people can foster, but when we consider applications we look closely at the following areas: Your ability to work in partnership with the agency Your ability to work as part of a professional team Your family lifestyle Space in your home, including sleeping arrangements Your health and background Your parenting skills, attitude and personality, including any experience of caring for children Your ability to provide a caring and nurturing environment. Things that are less important to us are your income, age, marital status and employment status. Third party references.
    01. My partner doesn't live with me should I include them on the application form?
    Yes please, include any individuals who is a significant person in your life and will frequently visit the house.
    02. Do I have a choice in the type of child I care for?
    Children who require care must have foster carers who can meet their needs. Throughout the fostering assessment process, we work with you to identify your strengths and skills to assist you in identifying the children and young people you could care for. We will also identify specific training with Sunbeam to assist you in expanding your skills as a foster carer. Before you are approved by the Agency Decision Maker, we will have agreed on the type of child who will fit in with your family. This includes the age, gender, ethnicity and religion of potential foster children.
    01. How much is the Fostering Allowance?
    At the Sunbeam Fostering Agency we believe that our carers and foster children should have a good standard of living and a quality of life. Sunbeam offers up to £650 fostering allowance per child per week depending on children’s needs. Additionally, we pay other allowances and our foster carers receive many other benefits while fostering with us. This allowance is paid when children are in care and is not paid when carers do not have placements. Please ask for a copy of our Foster Carer Payment Guide which is updated and reviewed annually.
    02. What does the weekly allowance cover?
    The weekly allowance is intended to cover all the needs of each foster child, including food, clothing, travel, activities, savings and so on. We provide guidance on how money should be spent on each child, to ensure that the child has a healthy and balanced life.
    01. Will I be taxed on the allowance?
    In April 2003, the Government introduced an income tax exemption for foster carers with an income below a set level. Allowances for looking after foster children placed with the Sunbeam are not generally taxable. However, foster carers who have multiple placements and who also work may be liable to pay some tax if their income is above the set level. For the purposes of calculating tax, Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) treat foster carers as self-employed. HMRC produce helpful guidance for Foster Carers which you can request direct from HMRC (ask for guidance IR 236).
    02. Do I qualify to claim any benefits?
    Eligibility to benefits is assessed on an individual basis by the relevant central or local government department, and the Sunbeam Fostering Agency cannot offer advice specific to benefit eligibility. The government department responsible for benefit entitlement is called the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). Any queries about fostering allowances and benefit eligibility needs to be assessed by the DWP. Find information by calling 0800 882200 or visit www.dwp.gov.uk Jobcentre Plus delivers benefits to many people of working age, so contact your local office for advice. Housing Benefit, Council Tax benefits and tax credits are calculated and administered by your own Local Authority. Alternatively, seek specialist advice from an advisory agency such as the Citizen’s Advice Bureau (CAB) or a welfare rights service.
    03. Do I qualify for tax credits?
    Fostering counts as self-employment, so you may be entitled to Working Tax Credit (and also Child Tax Credit if you have children of your own). You need to get advice about Tax Credits, which takes into consideration your own individual circumstances. Eligibility and assessments for tax credits can be made by contacting 0845 300 3900.
    04. Will I have to pay National Insurance?
    All foster carers must register as self-employed, so must register to pay National Insurance contributions. You can obtain get information by calling the Newly Self-Employed Helpline on 0845 915 4515.