Jim WSenior Social Worker (Bristol)

How did you become a social worker?

I worked in lots of roles before I became a social worker including as a residential hostel worker, housing advisor and youth worker. When I qualified I worked for six years as a youth justice social worker in Bristol Youth Offending team.  I have worked with The Fostering Foundation since 2011’

Most rewarding aspect of your job?

Supporting carers and young people in long-term placements because I feel this makes such an important difference for young people.

What makes the ideal foster carer household?

A home full of love, nurture, positivity, honesty, humility, acceptance, laughter and fun. A determination to get through tough times together.

The nicest compliment given by a foster carer you have worked with?

I was given an amazing vegan carrot cake by a carer before Christmas. It was the best!

What words of advice would you give to anyone considering becoming a foster carer?

You can make an amazing difference to a young person. It will be a journey that you go on together. You will need to understand the impact that trauma has on children and it is the teams’ role to help with this. There will be a lot of support and training to help you. You will be part of a fostering community where carers help support each other. It is an amazing thing to do!

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