We are looking for experienced foster carers to support other fostering families as part of the new Mockingbird programme. As a hub home carer you will provide peer support to other foster carers, respite care and group social activities.
About the Mockingbird programme
The Mockingbird programme is an alternative method of delivering foster care which centres on the idea of an extended network of family support. It empowers families to support each other and overcome problems before they escalate, and offers children a more positive experience of care.
The programme uses the concept of a constellation, where six to 10 satellite families live in close proximity to a dedicated hub home which provides peer support, planned and emergency respite care and regular social activities. The constellation also builds links with other adults important to children’s care plans and to resources in the wider community that can provide them with enhanced opportunities to learn, develop and succeed.
The Mockingbird programme is run by The Fostering Network, the UK’s leading fostering charity, in conjunction with The London Borough of Waltham Forest Fostering Service and other fostering services across the UK. The programme has been running since 2015 and has the potential to improve placement stability, safety and permanency for children and young people in care and to improve support for, and retention of, foster carers. To find out about the national programme visit www.thefosteringnetwork.org.uk/mockingbird
Being a Mockingbird hub home carer
Hub home carers are crucial to the success of the Mockingbird programme and each individual constellation. Hub home carers act as the glue that unites the satellite families in each constellation together into a community. It is a full time job for experienced foster carers who have completed their preparation training, post approval induction period and the national Training Support and Development Standards.
As a hub home carer, you will:
- have two empty beds for planned and emergency sleepovers for children and young people living in the constellation
- support and mentor satellite families
- plan and host regular social events for all the families in the constellation
- host and support contact with siblings and birth families
- attend and coordinate training for carers in the constellation.
Hub home carers will be confident, energetic, resourceful and experienced in managing conflict. They must also be empathetic and willing to coach others. They will take on a leadership role and have strong support networks of their own.
To find out more about the Mockingbird programme and the role of a hub home carer, please read the person specification and contact Karen Stoodley (0208 496 1565) or Xanthe Parker (0208 496 2754).