We all need a break from time to time and that doesn’t change when you’re fostering. It’s okay to want to ‘get away from it all’ and naturally, that’s what holidays are for. Whether you’re jetting abroad or settling for a UK break away – make sure you’re prepared.
Providing you plan ahead, make sure you have everything and seek clarification as to the state of your fostering family, you can get the right permissions for a seamless holiday. In this article, we’re going to discuss some useful tips regarding holidays that may be helpful to keep in mind as you plan your holiday with your fostering family, kids and partners.
Holidaying and fostering – the initial checklist
It’s not as simple as just going ahead and booking everything up unfortunately. When you’re going on holiday and you’re fostering, you will need to plan in advance and allow plenty of time to sort things out.
Before anything, always advise your fostering supervising social worker and independent fostering agency about your plans. This is a good place to get the ball rolling and then allow time to think of the below checklist:
- Is there any legal order you need to consider that your foster child is subject too?
- Does your fostering child have an up to date passport? Is this their first passport?
- Are there any security implications involved such as safety concerns with the country you are travelling too
- Does your fostering service provide holiday allowance?
- Have you spoken about ground rules when travelling with your family?
- Do you need permission to take your foster child abroad?
- Are there any vaccinations that are needed?
- Does your proposed holiday accommodation meet the required needs of your foster child?
Of course, the list above isn’t the complete list. There will be several other questions to answer to ensure your foster children and family are looked after when travelling.
Other things to consider when travelling
You may need to consider elements like booking hotels and accommodation with more room. Often overlooked, but definitely worth being aware of. Depending on your fostering family, your children may not like the intimacy of family life and going abroad and being on holiday can be difficult for them. This is useful when choosing the type of holiday you go on – for example, caravanning or camping could be quite overwhelming. You will also need to take into account any history of abuse or abusive behaviour that your foster children may have experienced which makes the wishes of the children concerned especially fragile and important. Keeping this in mind, it’s probably a good idea to plan out activities and set an agenda to help ease any feelings of uncertainty.
Packing the essentials
If you’re new to fostering in Nottingham, you may not be used to travelling with your foster children, so knowing what and what not to pack can be tricky. The basics start with clothing, toiletries, entertainment in the form of books and toys if needed and snacks. Don’t forget child-appropriate clothing including swimwear, sun protection, sun hats and sunglasses as well as snacks and water.
In some instances due to personal needs, you may need medicine or other measures in place to ensure a smooth journey. If you need to, speak to your fostering agency for a full extensive list of what you may need. If you have any questions, contact us today.