The council is encouraging local employers to become ‘fostering friendly’ – and the football club is the first to sign up for this fantastic initiative.
Employers can adopt a fostering friendly policy for their staff, offering foster carers flexibility to take time out and focus on settling a new child into their home, attending school or medical appointments or undergoing training.
For children who need foster care, it’s essential to have a secure and loving environment. This gives them vital help and stability at a difficult time in their lives.
In Kirklees there are more than 600 children and young people placed in foster care for many different reasons.
The council adopted a fostering friendly policy last year and is now hoping many other employers will follow suit.
Councillor Viv Kendrick, Cabinet member for Children, commented:
“We are delighted to see Huddersfield Town become fostering friendly. I want to thank them for taking their community role so seriously.
“Fostering can make an enormous difference in children’s lives and it’s only right that we all do everything we can to help people become, or continue to be, foster carers.
“Kirklees is full of incredible people who would make perfect carers, providing a young child or teenager with a loving home and the stability they need. As well as people who can offer short-term care, we need others to provide forever homes and commit to our children and young people until they are ready to live independently.
“Just like some children need care, foster carers also need a network of support. Employers can make a difference in helping to achieve this, so that, as a Kirklees-wide community, we continue transforming children’s lives.”
Zoe Shackleton, HR Manager at Huddersfield Town, added:
“We are very proud to be working in partnership with Kirklees Council and we recognise the importance of achieving the very best outcomes for children and young people”
“As a club we’re committed to ensuring our employees achieve a positive work-life balance, allowing them to manage the demands of their career, family and caring role.”
Sean Jarvis, Commercial Director at Huddersfield Town said:
“It is fantastic that we are the first company in Kirklees to become ‘foster friendly’ and hopefully we can get the ball rolling amongst other businesses in and around the area.”
Employers who would like more information about fostering friendly policies can contact the council at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are interested in becoming a foster carer you can find out more information by CLICKING HERE.