About Fostering

The fundmentals of foster care.

What does foster care mean?

Being placed in Foster Care is never the direct fault of the child or young person.

Irrespective of the reasons for being taken into the care of the local authority, the situation means that the child or young person is no longer able to reside within their own birth family.

Fostering provides children and young people with a stable home environment where they are cared for, nurtured and supported to realise their full potential.

Children and young people in care need a safe, loving and secure environment to grow up in, where the opportunities and life chances available to them are equal to that of their peers.

As a foster family, you could have a child in place for a short couple of days, a few months or even years. The CFT will tailor your placements depending on your experience and circumstances.

Children and young people come into care for many reasons; this can include neglect, domestic violence and parental mental health issues to name just a few. Because of this many of our children and young people in care have faced great adversity in their lives and may present challenging behaviours.

In the role of a Foster Carer, you will be supported in understanding why children and young people may display particular behaviours and as a result, you will be able to support a child or young person in placement to grow, develop and understand themselves and their experiences a little better.

Types of foster care

What we do for you

Fostering & adoption

When you foster a child, legal responsibility stays with the child’s birth family or the local authority and as such, a child may not stay with you until adulthood. Unlike adoption where you would become the child’s legal guardian until they reach adulthood.

There are more constraints on decision-making when you foster a child, permissions may be required to take them on holiday, which could cause some discomfort for the child in question.

However, at The CFT we champion transparency and including the child in the processes around their care and what they can expect – we find this approach prepares the children much better and improves the relationship between the carers and the children.

Still have questions?

Your interview - What you need to know.
If you’ve been invited to an interview, it’s your chance to meet us, tell us about yourself, and take a step towards building your incredible career.
Your interview is your opportunity to learn more about us.
So come prepared with your questions. Plus its our opportunity to get to know you, understand your motivation to work in this sector and get a good understanding of your experience and background.
The first step.
Is either a face to face interview carried out in person or via TEAMS. If you’re successful, the next stage is a more formal interview with at least two members of our team. At least one of the interview panel will have been trained in the NSPCC safer recruitment standards.
You might be invited for a second interview.
Or we might ask you to prepare a presentation or other sample of work. Think about what the role requires and prepare to show you’re a great fit.
We’ll carry out a criminal record check.
Bring the necessary identity documents to your formal interview. The address on the documents should match the address on your application form. You’ll need proof of your right to work in the UK, you will be provided with a list of approved identification documents in line with The Disclosure and Barring Service and proof of your address.
Remember to bring any qualification certificates that are required for the role.
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Be a successful candidate!
Read through our hints and tips and give yourself the best chance at a career with The CFT.
Do your research!
Look at our website and check that you match our outlook and culture.
Apply via our application form.
We require a fully completed application form, we’ll ask for your full employment history from age 16, include all job titles, employment dates and your reason for leaving – and if there are any gaps, please tell us why.
We’ll need contact details of referees.
Referee's should be people you’ve worked with during the last three years. One should be your most recent employer. We’ll also need a reference from any employer where you’ve worked directly with children and young people and a personal referee.
We’ll carry out a criminal record check.
If you’ve lived abroad within the last ten years, you might also be asked to complete an overseas criminal record check.
If your application is successful.
There may be some more pre-employment checks specific to the role, but a member of our HR Team will be in touch to talk you through what’s needed.
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