Christmas opening hours

Many public services and facilities run by the council and partners will be affected during the Christmas and New Year holidays.

Christmas opening hours

Resources and information for foster carers.


Training, support and development standards


Reporting forms for foster carers (other forms are available from your supervising social worker).

Fostering forms

Complete and return to your supervising social worker.

Personal Education Plans (PEPs)

Complete as normal and send to the child or young person’s social worker prior to the PEP meeting, or bring the completed form along to the PEP meeting.

Oldham Community Leisure Active card

Oldham Community Leisure are offering all children in care and their carers a free Oldham Active Card. The card entitles the child or carer to significant savings on sport and leisure activities across all OCL facilities.

All you have to do is to complete the Oldham Active Card application form and return them to:

Bernadette Deakin,
Participation Officer Looked after Children & Care Leavers,
Room 222 Youth Council Offices,
Civic Centre,
West Street,
OL1 1UL.

Looked After Children Reviews

Complete as normal and send to the reviewing officer in advance of the child or young person’s review.

Carer's review forms: 



Before buying things like clothes or trips, contact your supervising social worker so you know what you are able to claim back.

Payments and allowances

Download the guide to Payments and allowances.

Tax advice and National Insurance

As a foster carer you will need to register as self employed and complete a self-assessment for tax purposes. You will also need to register to pay class two National Insurance contributions to ensure eligibility for your pension.

You can also contact the self assessment helpline on 0300 200 3310.


If you have any questions about financial issues or there has been a change of circumstances that may affect your payments, contact your supervising social worker.

Forum and support groups

Foster care forum

The forum is a place for foster carers, staff and other professionals to discuss policies and issues.
You also get to meet other carers, share experiences and support one another.

For more information or to suggest an agenda item, email

Next forum: January 2016 (exact date to be confirmed shortly).

Support groups

The support group is from 10.00am until 12.00pm at the Holly Grove Children’s Centre.

Upcoming sessions:

20 October 2015: Theraplay (Part one)

24 November 2015: Theraplay (Part two)

15 December 2015: Christmas lunch

The support group is from 10.00am until 12.00pm. Venue to be confirmed prior to each support group.

Email to suggest a topic for discussion.