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11 plus foster care

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If you think you could be a foster carer for us, we'd love to hear from you. 

Complete the online enquiry form

e-mail: fostering@nottscc.gov.uk 
tel: 01623 520260 

Case study

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Often people are nervous of the idea of taking in older children or teenagers. These years can be a time of mood swings, confusion, anger, attitude and rebellion. However, there are many benefits to taking in older foster children. 

Find out how John became an 11 plus foster carer.

11 plus black woman and teenage boy

Long-term placements for young people

We need foster carers who are able to make a commitment to provide long term placements (i.e. into adulthood) for young people aged 11 and over. We're looking for homes in Nottinghamshire so children can remain close to their family and friends.

The challenge is tough as we need around 60 carers every year due to a significant increase the number of looked after children. There is a particular need for homes for older children in north Nottinghamshire, and we're appealing to people to consider joining our 11 plus scheme.

Become a professional foster carer

We are looking for individuals who have significant experience of working with or caring for other people's children, preferably teenagers, in a professional capacity or as an experienced foster carer.

One carer will need to be home-based and able to provide the young person with a bedroom of their own and be able to transport a young person.

Assessment process

The assessment process takes around six months. We welcome applications from all sorts of people. See if you can foster.

Employment status

11 plus carers, whilst approved to foster by Nottinghamshire County Council, are not employed by the council. 

Effectively your status would be self-employed: consequently you will be responsible to making your own arrangements in terms of income tax and National Insurance contributions. Certain tax exemptions apply.


This scheme offers you:

  • a guaranteed income of £200 per week, plus regular weekly fostering allowances (The fee of £200 will be paid, regardless of a child being in placement)

  • generous tax exemptions

  • excellent training and support, including a full pre- and post-approval training programme

  • a rewarding career

  • an addition to your family.

Support and services

As a foster carer for Nottinghamshire County Council you will also have access to:

  • Out of hours telephone support line
  • Out of hours emergency duty team
  • Large family transport allowances (where eligibility criteria is met)
  • Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services and a dedicated specialist family support worker for therapeutic support/intervention
  • A Virtual School Co-ordinator/Corporate Parenting Consultant for advice, involvement and direction in respect of a child’s educational attainments and achievements
  • A Youth Services Co-ordinator to enable the development of leisure, sports and arts opportunities for looked after children
  • Looked After Health Services, including drug use, teenage pregnancy, sexual health, alcohol/solvent abuse, diet and fitness
  • Carer involvement in local foster carer support groups, in quarterly foster carer liaison and advisory meetings and in the foster carers’ own magazine
  • Family Workers who work with child and carer to promote improved family relationships and prevent placement breakdown
  • Placement support meetings.

What you need to offer

In return you will offer:

  • home based care
  • a spare bedroom
  • understanding 
  • patience
  • a good sense of humour
  • experience of caring for, or working with, older children in a professional capacity or through your own experience of parenting.
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