1) Are the residential camps for all siblings, whether living together or not?
Camps are designed to support siblings living within the care system. Siblings Together is primarily for siblings living apart, but we will consider those siblings living together if it will benefit their relationship
2) Are camps and activities risk assessed?
The camps are fully insured and all activities are ran by qualified activity staff who work closely with our team throughout the week. Siblings Together also undertake its own risk assessments and training
3) Do siblings have to share rooms at camp?
This depends upon their individual circumstances and relationships. Some children prefer to have their own room. We will follow the social workers instructions. Children can have their own rooms, can share with others, or their siblings. But boys and girls have separate floors!
4) Do the siblings have to be ‘blood’ related?
No. We understand in some circumstances children my have ‘sibling-like’ relationships i.e. living with a carer and her child or another foster child, and would have developed a relationship. We can support this.
5) What about food?
Siblings Together provides healthy meals at the camp and the siblings do not have to bring any food. Food is cooked by the centre. Children can serve their own food, under the watchful eye of our staff and volunteers. We adhere to all dietary requirements.
6) Bed times?
For under 12s who attend our camp, we stick to a bed time of 7:30. They have very adventurous days and are normally exhausted by this time. For the over 12s, it’s lights out at 9pm!
7) How do the siblings get to the camp?
We do not provide transport to get to the camp, but we can collect siblings from the train/ bus stations – children have to be 16 or over to travel alone. For anyone dropping off children, we understand it can be a long journey and we are able to offer a comfy bed for the night, separate to the siblings living quarters. If you have trouble getting here, please let us know and we may be able to help- arranging lift shares etc.
8) What if the siblings argue?
Each sibling group has a mentor, and the siblings are observed at all times. We encourage a natural and healthy sibling relationship and this perhaps may include sibling arguments! We are trained in dealing with this as a normal part of day-to-day life.
10) What would happen if a child was injured?
All the activity staff are first aid trained, alongside this Siblings Together have staff and volunteers who are also first aid trained. We ensure our camp is no more than five miles from the nearest hospital and we ask for medical consent on the referral forms – along with all medical details
11) Do I have complete the whole of the referral form – even if it is not applicable?
We ask for all social workers referring young people to fill our the full referral form. This includes an extensive risk assessment
12) When is the bursary scheme applicable?
We do have a bursary scheme in place which you may enquire about. Situations in which the bursary scheme may be applied to you includes:
When referring a sibling group of more than three, we may subsidise the cost of another siblings
Exceptional financial circumstances
12) Who can make a referral?
The person who hold parental responsibility must sign the form.