16 February 2017
Two of our fostered young people have played a key role in the recruitment and selection of a new member of staff for our Fostering North East team.
The two girls, aged 16 and 18, helped to devise the interview questions for each candidate before taking part in the interviews themselves, supported by a member of staff from our fostering team.
After the final interview, the girls fed back their structured comments which will carry significant weight in helping staff to make the final decision.
Both girls agreed that they valued their involvement in the decision making process and that taking part in the interviews had helped to boost their confidence.
"It's important that our fostered children and young people are able to have an input into the appointment of our staff," said Fostering North East Operations Manager, Joann Gibson. "Obviously, our staff work very closely with both our carers and the young people placed with them, so their views and contributions to the recruitment process are essential.
"Our small team prides itself on the friendly, personal service we are able to give to our carers and young people and this is just one example of the importance we place on working together."
Fostering North East is always looking for new foster carers from around the region. If you're interested in fostering or would like to know more about the role of a foster carer, please contact Joann on 0191 2280111, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website: www.fosteringnortheast.org.uk