Young Adults 18+
Kibble Education and Care Centre is Scotland’s specialist centre for at risk children and young people.
We provide care placements to young people aged 5-25 from across Scotland who have complex social, emotional and educational needs.
Our range of services are designed to help each young person reach their potential and our Intensive Fostering Services (IFS) are a vital part of this. On this page you’ll learn more about fostering and, if you’re considering becoming a foster carer, it will give you the information you need to help make up your mind.
Could you look after a child in your own home? Could you help them when they need it most?
Read on to find out more!
Fostering a child means giving them a home and supporting them when they can’t stay with their own family.
IFS co-ordinates and supports these placements, making sure children get the stability and support of a caring home.
At Kibble, permanent and respite carers work together to provide the extended family our children need. A lot of myths have grown up around fostering. People assume they can’t foster because they don’t have a partner or because they’re gay or because they don’t own their home. But...
- You can be single or in a relationship
- You can be gay or straight
- You can apply from the age of 21 and keep doing it for as long as you’re healthy
- You can own your own house or rent
- You can be a parent or have no children of your own
Carers from a variety of backgrounds and cultures foster because they can deal patiently and consistently with challenging behaviour, understand the needs of young people who have had disrupted family situations and persevere when things are tough.
The young people we place (5-18) have had difficult experiences in their lives and have sometimes been neglected or abused. Caring for them is challenging, but also very rewarding as you help them to become members of safe and caring families in which they have a chance to fulfil their potential.
At times, 16 years old is too young to remove the support that a foster family provides and in these cases, Kibble Education and Care Centre's Adult Placement Services can help.
Through this service, young people continue to live in a family home up until they are 25. The young person won’t officially be in foster care but will benefit from the high level of support family living offers as you provide them with a home while helping them prepare for independent living.
Carers come from all walks of life but all have in common their ability to provide a positive role model for the young person. Some people find their lifestyle is better suited to supporting an adult placement as it allows you to carry on with another full time job in a way that fostering with Kibble does not.
Are You Eligible?
Foster carers for any organisation need to enjoy working with children first and foremost! If you feel you can deal patiently and consistently with challenging behaviour, understand the needs of young people who have had disrupted family situations and persevere when things are tough then keep reading...
Our children and young people often have complex needs and the most difficult of circumstances so we have some conditions that not all fostering organisations have.
We ask that you:
- Live within 25 miles of Paisley, Renfrewshire
- Live in a household with no under 16s
- Have experience with children and adolescents
- Are able to bring the child to school every day
- Live alone or with a live in partner of at least two years
Why Choose Us?
Fostering is tough. It demands a lot of your time, your energy – and your patience. We understand exactly what we’re asking of our carers and that’s why we provide an unparalleled level of support. This has proven to work for our carers as time and again, we have recruited foster carers who choose to stay with us year after year.
Supporting a young person’s development into adulthood whilst catering for all their day to day needs is no small task so Kibble is there to help every step of the way. Through our Arran Day Service, we offer:
- Substantial fees and allowances to make fostering financially viable
- Respite care that gives both you and the young person a break
- Evening and weekend activities for the children
- A child and youth care worker with whom you can discuss the young person’s needs and progress
- Specialist interventions which provide any psychological support the young person needs
- A school place, either in Kibble or in their local school in which they have the support of their key worker
- Access to an informal community of carers who have been there and done it
Foster caring is both a career and a way of life. Our carers are one part of a professional team and are supported to develop a fulfilling career. This includes:
- Training: If you don’t already have the required social care qualifications (SVQ3 and HNC in Social Care), we will help you achieve these.
- Development: The best carers are the ones who feel inspired by what they do! One of the ways we recruit and retain the best carers is by giving you every opportunity to develop your skills and progress in your career. Be it more training or chances to spend time with other carers, we encourage you to do whatever it takes to keep learning!
- Support: You will have someone to turn to for advice or support whenever you need it. Alongside regular support from other care professionals, you’ll have access to a close network of carers who can give you advice and simply share their experiences.
- Enrichment: A fundamental part of any career in the child and youth care sector is the enormous reward that comes with helping a child through a difficult time, seeing them grow as individuals and enabling them to achieve their potential. This feeling can’t be overestimated!
The best way to find out what it's like to foster is to speak to a foster carer. If you're keen to find out more, why not drop in at one of our information events where you can talk directly to a foster carer?
Or if you’d like to join us for an information evening, come along to our campus in Paisley.
Thursday 21 July
6.30pm – 8.30pm
Thursday 29 September 2016
Thursday 27 October 2016
Call 0141 840 6269 to find out more details.
Meet a Carer
Foster caring is both a career and a way of life and it can be difficult to imagine what life as a carer might look like. Linda, one of our carers, has told us a little about what day-to-day life is like now:
I have been involved with IFS at Kibble for nine years. During that time I have completed my HNC and SVQ3 in Social Care and Child Care. There are all kinds of training opportunities to further your knowledge and experience, all of which are funded by IFS at Kibble.
One of the best aspects of IFS is that you get excellent support on a 24/7 basis. There is always someone to talk to whether it's the duty manager, one of the staff or one of the other foster carers. The support we receive from managers and key-workers really is second to none. For instance, as well as providing planned respite for carers IFS also provides emergency respite if any issues arise with the young person in your care.
We get very involved in all aspects of the foster care process from delivering training and joining in open evenings to manning recruitment stalls at local shopping centres.