Short term foster care
We need short-term care for children and young people of all ages whose families are having difficulties. We particularly need care for brothers and sisters and young people aged over 10.
Some of these children will have been abused or neglected and most will have some challenging behaviour. Short-term care allows us to plan for the needs of children and their families, to work towards children returning home or to an alternative long-term home.
As a short-term carer you will need a good understanding of children’s needs and will have the ability to contribute to a child care plan. You will also need to work in partnership with professionals and the child’s family to promote the child’s wellbeing whilst they’re in your care.
What will I need to do?
When caring for a child on a short term basis, you will need to:
- Show you have the commitment and ability to really listen to and accept a child.
- Support children to prepare them for moving on; either to return to their families care, to a long term placement or onto adoption.
- Encourage and support them to access education and extra-curricular opportunities.
- Offer a safe and caring environment for a child and help them maintain a relationship with their family.
- Work with a core group of professionals who will support you to care for the child effectively.
- Commit to developing your own knowledge and attend training.
What will I receive in return?
As a foster carer, you will receive:
- Excellent training and an opportunity to undertake a QCF Diploma for the Children’s Workforce after a qualifying period.
- Access to a wide range of training programmes.
- Above national average financial allowances.
- Opportunities to progress to receive up to £218.68 on top of the child’s weekly allowances.
- Support from social work professionals who will be there to help and offer advice.
- Opportunities for peer support and networking.
- Access to 24-hour support via the foster care support line and emergency duty team.