Connected carers are significant people in a ‘child in care’s’ life who have been given the responsibility of looking after them on a day to day basis. The child remains a Barnet ‘child in care’ but the connected carer becomes their approved foster carer.
The child benefits from the additional support from their social worker but is offered the opportunity to remain within a familiar setting. Connected care is aimed at grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, close family friends or even neighbours.
Connected carers are assessed by a committed team of experienced social workers. The assessment takes place over the course of 16 weeks and within that time the assessing social worker will prepare you for the role of connected carer.
If you are interested in being a connected carer to a Barnet child in care, speak to their allocated social worker and a member of the connected carers team will be in contact.
You can also telephone the connected carers project on 020 8359 6274 and a duty social worker can take your call at the following times:
- Monday to Thursday from 9 am – 5:15 pm
- Friday from 9 am – 5 pm
Out of hours support to carers is also available at these times on the same telephone number:
- Monday to Friday from 6 pm – 11 pm
- Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays from 9 pm – 11 pm.
If I am approved as a Connected Carer what kind of support will I get?
We offer advice, guidance training and support to Connected Carers. We are particularly keen to hear from current carers to ensure what we offer is what carers want and need.
Does the child we are caring for have to remain a child in care in order for us to get some support?
No, we are keen to ensure that carers feel able to access the help and support they need to apply for court orders that enable family members to care for children without the statutory involvement of the council if that is both appropriate and desirable.
Will we need to be visited and inspected by social workers?
Yes, we need to carry out an assessment of you and your family to make sure it is a suitable and safe place for the child.
Advice on legal orders
We have a team of experienced social workers and legal advisers who together can answer questions about appropriate legal orders. We will also provide details of local children’s panel solicitors who can provide advice, support and advocacy.