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£7,858.48 – £20,056.48 per annum
Social Care - Children Service
Fostering allowance from £7,858.48 – £20,056.48 per annum (full-time placement) (depending on the age of the child and foster carer’s level of experience).
Could you provide a stable family life for children and young people who are unable to live with their parents at a particular point in their lives? Fostering allows children the chance to thrive in a safe, secure and loving home environment. We need people from a range of backgrounds for short term, temporary and respite placements, as well as long term and permanent placements. Just as children’s situations and experiences are diverse, foster carers need a variety of skills and qualities. There are however, some common criteria you need to meet:
• Be at least 25 years old. (Although in some circumstances we will consider people between 21 and 25 years old.)
• Have a separate spare bedroom suitable for a child or young person (unless you are fostering babies who can be accommodated in a cot in a main bedroom).
• Be a full-time resident in the UK or have leave to remain.
• Have the time and commitment to give to a child or young person, often on a full-time basis.
Other factors you will need to consider:
• Your health – are you fit and able to foster now and for the foreseeable future?
• Your financial security – can you provide a child or young person with a secure base?
• Your home – is it suitable and safe for a child or young person?
• Your friends and family – are there people who can support you to foster?
• Your past – for example, whether you have lived abroad and have any previous convictions. (You cannot be a foster carer if you have offences against children or violence-related offences.)
• Your experience with children and young people – through family, work or volunteering.
• Your sexuality, marital status, background, culture and ethnicity are not determining factors in your suitability to become a foster carer.
Many people express admiration for those who foster, and our foster carers do an amazing job. You can do it too! The building blocks for a positive future for a child in foster care come from everyday life. And remember, you won’t be alone. There are plenty of people and networks to support you as a foster carer. So make a difference today. Request an information pack. This small step could be the start of transforming a child’s life
To request an information pack:
Telephone 01642 526218
For an informal discussion about fostering, please contact Helen Caswell, Marketing & Recruitment Officer (Fostering) on 01642 526115.