1) Are the residential camps for all siblings, whether living together or not?
Camps are designed to support siblings living within the care system, Kinship Care and Adoption. Siblings Together is primarily for siblings living apart, but we will consider those siblings living together as we have discovered that their joining camp will offer an opportunity to enhance and benefit their relationship, meeting role models i.e other siblings groups who have developed stronger positive bonds.
2) Are camps and activities risk assessed?
Our 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 prior to booking and ensure all appropriate training is in place 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 due to their personal circumstances. We will follow their social workers advice. Children can have their own rooms if this is a must depending on availability in the center we are using, most can share with others of the same gender and similar age groups, or their same sex siblings. Boys and girls have separate sleeping areas/floors which are strictly adhered to
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 good relationship. We can support this if requested and also recognise the importance of these relationships.
5) What about food?
Siblings Together provides healthy meals at our camps the siblings do not have to bring any food. Food is cooked at the center. Children can serve their own food, under the watchful eye of our staff and volunteers. We adhere to all dietary requirements and needs as far as possible.
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 buy valtrex generic cheap 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.
With plenty of Notice we can sometimes arrange for a skilled and trained mentor to journey to the center by train with siblings, cost of transport must be met by the referring authority we do not charge for the mentor as this is a volunteer arrangement with our charity.
8) What if the siblings argue?
Each sibling group has mentors, depending upon size of group etc, and the siblings are observed at all times. We encourage a natural and healthy sibling relationship and this sometimes means managing sibling arguments! We are understand these issues well and train our mentors and buddies in dealing with this as a normal part of day-to-day life, to learn from and develop understanding to grow healthier relationships over time.
10) What would happen if a child was injured?
All the activity staff are first aid trained, alongside this most Siblings Together staff and volunteers are also first aid trained. We ensure our camp is not too far from the nearest hospital and we ask for medical consent on behalf of the hospital 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, it is vital we have all the correct information to make the best possible matches at camp.
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 sibling
Exceptional financial circumstances
12) Who can make a referral?
The person who holds parental responsibility ‘must’ complete sign the referral form.