Team Fostering signs up to Mindful Employer Charter

28 January 2019

By Kathleen Walley, Assistant Director

"Team Fostering is a not-for-profit fostering agency that is committed to putting children’s futures first. The agency achieves this by investing surplus into the services offered to foster carers, children and young people, and by ensuring foster carers have comprehensive support from the staff team. This is complemented by an agency commitment to staff well-being.

To this effect, the agency has recently signed up to the Mindful Employer Charter, an initiative run by the NHS which has been signed up to by almost 2,000 employers. The Charter’s website provides access to resources around mental health and emotional well-being for managers and staff. Being a signatory indicates Team Fostering’s willingness to work towards better practice, subscribing to the below principle:

 As an employer we recognise that, in the UK, people experiencing mental ill health continue to report stigma and discrimination. We are committed to creating a supportive and open culture, where colleagues are able to talk about mental health. We are also committed to ensuring that our employees feel safe in disclosing any mental health conditions and confident that they will be properly supported and offered reasonable adjustments when required.

As an employer we have made an ongoing commitment to:

  • Provide non-judgemental and proactive support to individual staff who experience mental ill health.
  • Not make assumptions that a person with a mental health condition will be more vulnerable to workplace stress or take more time off than any other employee or job applicant.
  • Show a positive and enabling attitude to all employees and job applicants with a mental health condition. This will include positive statements in local recruitment literature.
  • Ensure all line managers have access to information and training about managing mental health in the workplace.
  • Ensure that all staff involved in recruitment and selection are briefed on mental health conditions and The Equality Act 2010, and given appropriate interview skills. Make it clear in any recruitment or occupational health check that people who have experienced mental ill health will not be discriminated against and that disclosure of a mental health problem will enable both employee and employer to assess and provide the right level of support or adjustment.

Team Fostering’s commitment to putting children’s futures first drives many of the children’s, foster carers’ and staff initiatives and services that are implemented across the agency. Having a staff team whose emotional and mental health needs are supported puts the agency in an even stronger position to support the inspirational foster carers that look after children and young people in care."

 

If you’re interested in joining Team Fostering as a foster carer, you can speak with us in the following ways: