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Short Breaks and Fostering Service (Disabled Children)

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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: 0845 301 8899 or 01623 520260 if calling from a mobile

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The county-wide service provides short breaks for disabled children and young people to broaden their experiences; make new friendships and increase their independence.  

Short breaks carers provide positive experiences for everyone, including support for parents and siblings by giving them a break too.

The service consists of:

Home from Home 

Foster care families welcome a disabled child/young person into their homes for short breaks which range from day-care to regular overnight stays, or weekend breaks.  

Most short breaks are needed at weekends and school holidays but arrangements should be flexible, responding to the different and changing needs of individual children.  Carers are paid an hourly rate. Some travel expenses can be claimed.  Any essential equipment will be provided to ensure the safety of the young person.

If you are interested in becoming a Home from Home carer, please call the recruitment team on 0845 301 8899 (if calling from a mobile 01623 520260) or complete the online form.

Contract Care

Some disabled children and young people have more complex and challenging physical, behavioural or health care needs, therefore we provide short breaks foster carers who meet their physical, emotional and social needs.  These carers provide regular overnight short breaks.

Carers work principally from their own home and are expected to be available for 14 overnight stays per month on a rota basis, which will include two weekends out of every four. Occasionally, the care needs of a particular child/young person are such that care is best provided in their own home. 

You must have:

  • at least 2 years’ experience caring for/working with other people’s disabled children and have, or are willing to work towards, a relevant child care qualification
  • a separate bedroom for the sole use of the child or young person is essential
  • a current driving licence and own car
  • a computer with printer and the ability to use it competently
  • accept that varying degrees of property adaptations by the local authority may be needed to adequately meet the needs of disabled children and young people.

In return you will receive an annual salary of £24,000 - £28,000 as well as the weekly fostering allowance associated with the age of the child being cared for (paid pro rata). You will be self-employed and responsible for your own tax and insurance.

To enquire about becoming a Contract Carer, please check our job pages for vacancies.

Foster Care for Disabled Children – Looked After/in Foster Care

Disabled children are nine times more likely to become looked after than non-disabled children. (Reference: BAAF Adoption and Fostering)

Our fostering service needs supportive and enriching foster carers who are able to care for disabled children and young people with severe and complex physical and learning impairments – and/or have complex health care needs.

We need Foster Carers for Disabled Children who are able to provide day to day physical, emotional and social care for a child or young person on a permanent, bridging or long term basis.

You must have:

  • at least 2 years’ experience caring for/working with other people’s disabled children and have, or are willing to work towards, a relevant child care qualification 
  • a separate bedroom for the sole use of the child or young person is essential 
  • a current driving licence and own car 
  • a computer with printer and the ability to use it competently 
  • accept that varying degrees of property adaptations by the local authority may be needed to adequately meet the needs of disabled children/young people.

In return you will receive an annual salary of £24,000 - £28,000 as well as the weekly 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.

Regular training and support is offered to all carers.

To enquire about becoming a Foster Carer for Disabled Children, please check our job pages for vacancies

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