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Fostering Futures

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Vacancies to this scheme are listed on our current vacancies page

Taking care of challenging children

This scheme aims to ensure our most challenging children are cared for in a family home. These children are likely to be older than 10 years and will have experienced many rejections and disruptions in their lives.

Foster care workers will need to have:

  • a room for the sole use of the child

  • experience of working with young people with complex emotional and behavioural needs, either in a related professional context (e.g. teaching, youth work, social care) or as an experienced foster carer

  • a relevant qualification (e.g. NVQ in child care, degree in social work or youth work or teaching)

  • be able to use or have experience of using theoretical ideas and models in understanding and working practically alongside young people - for example attachment theory, knowledge of autism, child development, mental health.

In return you will receive an annual salary of £24,804 - £28,924 as well as the fostering allowance associated with the age of the child being cared for. You will be self-employed and responsible for your own tax and insurance.

Fostering Futures carers receive additional training and support and you are entitled to four weeks each year without having a child placed with you. Full details are available on request.

Fostering Futures support care

Support care is known to be essential in maintaining strong long-term foster placements. This is why the Fostering Futures team has support foster carers who are dedicated solely to the team, and who are linked to individual children over many years. 

It is fulfilling for these support foster carers to be such an important part of the growth of our children over time, and to be so much a part of our team. Because Fostering Futures is a fee-paid fostering scheme, its support foster carers also receive a fee for their work.

If you have the relevant qualifications and are interested in Fostering Futures but unable to commit full time, you might like to consider becoming a support carer.

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