Supported Lodgings Scheme
What is the Supported Lodgings Scheme about?
Fife Council has set up a Supported Lodgings Scheme which provides accomodation and support for young people over 16 years of age who are leaving care. All the young people will have been looked after previously by the local authority and will come from a wide range of backgrounds; some may be leaving residential schools, children's homes or foster care; some may have become homeless for a variety of reasons.
The aim of the Supported Lodgings Scheme is to give these young people the opportunity to live in a caring environment, where they will receive help and guidance to enable them to develop responsible behaviour and the skills necessary for more independent living.
The responsibilities of a Supported Lodgings Provider for the young person
The young person will be a lodger in your home. You will not have parental responsibility for him/her. The young person will receive support from you and have continued support from their own social worker in The Young People’s Team.
The role of the Supported Lodgings Carer is to:
Help the young person to develop independent living skills e.g. budgeting, cooking and cleaning
Support the young person to attend appointments where possible e.g. register with a GP, Dentist etc.
- Provide ongoing advice and guidance to the young person.
Each young person is an individual and will need a different level of support. This will be discussed before the young person comes to stay with you.
How will I know if I am suitable?
Special qualifications are not required but you'll need:
Some experience of teenagers would be useful. We need providers who can appreciate the difficulties that the young people have encountered. And can offer a sympathetic ear when things don't always go right for them.
Qualities we are looking for include:
- a genuine interest in helping the young person
- an understanding of the difficulties faced by young people
- an ability to be warm and caring
- a reasonable expectation of a young person's capabilities and limitations
- a degree of flexibility and willingness to adapt to new situations
- an ability to recognise and review your own strengths and weaknesses
- a non-judgmental attitude
- an interest in learning and attending various training
The young person will need:
- a clean and comfortable environment
- their own room
- reasonable access to the communal areas of the house - i.e. kitchen, bathroom, living room
The expectation is to provide the young person with a variety of food so that they can be encouraged to maintain a balanced diet. Opportunities to practice cooking for themselves should also be available.
Payments for Supported Lodgings Carers
Supported Lodgings Carers will receive a fee that will be paid by the council. The young person will also make a contribution from their own money. The Council will make a direct payment to the Supported Carer every two weeks.The Carer will be expected to co-operate with any claims for Housing Benefit made by the young person.
What support will I receive in carrying out my role as a Supported Lodgings Carer?
The Supported Lodgings Coordinator will provide the majority of the support. This worker will keep in regular contact with you throughout a young person's placement. Frequency of contact will vary depending on circumstances. Contact is likely to be more at the beginning of the placement or during periods of difficulty.
You and the Coordinator can discuss any issues about support for the young person.
In times of crisis, your own worker should be available to discuss problems within 24 hours. In extreme emergencies, you can contact the Social Work's Out of Hours Team.
In normal circumstances you will be in contact with your own worker at least once a month.
A review of the placement will take place after 6 weeks of a young person moving in and thereafter reviews will be every 6 months. Training will be available and you will be expected to attend regular business meetings.
How will I be assessed for suitability as a Supported Lodgings Carer?
Fife Council has a duty to ensure that supported lodgings providers are appropriately recruited, assessed and familiarised in respect of their role. To do this, it will be necessary for anyone applying to become a supported carer to be prepared to share information about themselves and their household with the assessing worker.
The assessment and selection procedure is designed to help you decide whether or not this task is right for you in your present circumstances, and to help us decide whether you are suitable. We are not looking for people who have had problem free lives, but rather ordinary people who may well have had to work through life's difficulties. If you have, we are interested in how you have dealt with these problems and what, as a result of your experience, you can now offer to a young person.
The decision to apply will affect other people in your household, so their lives will also be taken into consideration. As we will be placing young people who are under 18 years old, and can be vulnerable, we are required to make several checks into your background. If you decide to proceed with a formal application, you will be asked to give consent for the following:-
- Police check regarding previous criminal record of all adults over 16 in the household. Each situation would be decided on its merits. (Only convictions which are relevant to the carer's task would prevent us accepting an application)
- a check with records held by Social Work
- a letter from your GP indicating whether there are any medical reasons which would prevent you from undertaking this task
- Two personal references, requesting information as to your suitability to become a supported lodgings provider.
How long does it take to become a Supported lodgings Carer?
The process of application to become a Supported Lodgings Carer should take approximately 3 months and will involve regular visits to your home. Following this process the Supported Lodgings Coordinator will complete an assessment report which will then be shared with the applicant.
The applicant will then be referred to the Supported Lodgings Panel. The panel is responsible for approving Supported Lodgings Carers and the Supported Lodgings Co-ordinator will support the applicant throughout this process. Once approved the applicant can then offer Supported Lodgings to young people.
If you are interested in finding out more information about the scheme please contact:
Ellie Hague or Ulva Gibson Supported Lodgings Co-ordinator, 2nd Floor West, Fife House, KY7 5LT Phone number: 03451 555555 ext: 470598 or 460528
By Post: Fife House North Street Glenrothes Fife KY7 5LT
Tel: 03451 55 55 55 + Ext 47 05 98 Fax: 01592 583155 Contact Ellie Hague online
By Post: Fife House North Street Glenrothes Fife KY7 5LT