Rest and relaxation, what could possibly disturb that, and indeed it was quite a restful day
Then home to the all action house.
The fostering team whose ears had been severely bent yesterday, had promised to rattle the young persons social work team cage with great vigour.
Presumably so much vigour that their fingers were incapable of dialling our number.
The fostering team though had managed to make a call.
Now lets recap, amongst other things, yesterday we mentioned that we had a special family weekend planned for this weekend.
The student also volunteered that she had three essays and a 4000 word report to write over the next month.
Out of the blue today fostering phoned and asked if we would take on another young person for a time not yet specified.
This young gentleman made I from last summer sound like a choir boy.
Dope, booze, fags, drugs, a taste for arson, violence against people and property using knives and anything else that came to hand.
Not to mention the need to securely lock up anything that might possibly have potential to be sold on.
Every foster home should have one....
We had to commit to take him tomorrow, i.e. our special weekend for my daughters birthday had to be cancelled.
This young person would be offered out to tender to the commercial £5000 pound a week establishments unless we agreed immediately to take him
The student, God bless her, said that taking him on would be a family decision and the family was in work or school or college.
This was not what the Social Worker wanted to hear so she told herself the young man was going "out to tender".
With that sort of CV, the student mused, there would be a feeding frenzy of agencies after this young man.
We would be home Monday and they could negotiate with us then.
NEGOTIATE, that's not how it works she said.
If we were standing between them and a 7000 pound a week bill, then our standard weekly fee was not going to cut is said the student.
She didn't seem to be on the same planet as the student at that point.
For ourselves, we really want to meet this tortured young soul; there has to be more to him than this tick box risk assessment, in our experience there is a bigger script to what is filled in to the social work assesment forms, it would be good to see what work there is to be done to help him get his life back on track, if he wants it.