Emergency care fostering

Emergency care fostering

Working as part of the Emergency Duty Team (EDT), to help young people and their families at times of crisis, is a rewarding challenge for the right kind of people.

Emergency carers are part of a small dedicated team of experienced foster carers providing support and stability at very short notice. Emergency foster carers provide emergency cover, outside of office hours, for children and young people who are not able to stay with friends or relatives. Emergency carers provide food, warmth and a home for one or two nights.

EDT care provides the opportunity to care for a lot of children and young people in need without having to make a longer term commitment. The role may suit retired people who have more time to support a young person or foster carers looking to retire from full-time fostering placements.

Find out about experiences for different fostering types.

A short video from one of our foster carers talking about emergency duty fostering.

Key responsibilities for an emergency duty foster carers

The role works on a rota basis so you will need to be able to accommodate young people (from babies up to age 18) at immediate notice between the hours of 6pm and 8.30 am when on the duty rota. Carers need to have no children aged under 18 living with them. If there are two carers, at least one carer needs to be able to be at home full time to support any placements made on an emergency basis.

The rota works on a two week on, two weeks off basis. This enables carers to make a regular short term commitment to fostering, whilst having time for themselves and their family when not on duty.

Anyone wishing to become an EDT carer will need to be committed to providing a high standard of care to children and teenagers. Whilst on duty, carers will need flexibility to organise their family life around the sudden arrival of foster children, and their departure, after a relatively short period of time, hopefully back to their own family.

What will you receive in return?

You will:

  • be paid a weekly retainer when on the EDT rota and a resting rate of £84.70 per week. You will also be given additional allowances when young people are placed with you.
  • Have the support of a dedicated fostering social worker
  • have the support of a team of professionals who are working with the young person in your care and who can offer you one to one advice and support if needed
  • have access to a specialist training programme, some of which will commence during your assessment period
  • have access to 24 hour support when the offices are closed via the foster care support line and EDT