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Covid-19 – Helplines & Information

9th June 2020

Please see dedicated number in each Trust for you to contact your Foster Care social worker and therapeutic staff for support/advice for children / young people or for yourself. These numbers can be contacted Monday – Friday 9am-5pm.

Belfast – 028 9504 0302

Northern – 0300 1231 155 / 028 2563 5680 for Kinship Foster Carers ONLY

Southern – 028 8775 2033 / 028 3756 6100

South Eastern – 028 9127 0672

Western – 028 713 14244

While all training has been temporarily suspended, there are a number of free online training opportunities for both Adoptive Parents and Foster Carers. Please click here for more information.

The Fostering Network are also providing further support and guidance. To contact The Fostering Network please call 028 9070 5056 or email

The Education Authority can be contacted for further support.
Call: 028 7051 1086

This number is available to all those caring for Looked After Children. If you have any questions or concerns please contact the service which is available 8am-5pm Monday – Thursday and 8am-4pm on Fridays.

You can also email the service on

VOYPIC have dedicated helplines. Please click here to see the helplines for your area on VOYPIC’s Twitter. 

Foster Carers also have 24/7 access to social work support. Please click here to read about and get in touch with the Regional Emergency Social Work Service.