Fostering, ethnicity & religion

Diverse foster families make all the difference

Children and young people in care come from a wide range of backgrounds. Recognition and empathy for their background can make all the difference when it comes to successful placements.

We want the transition into your home to be as seamless as possible, which is why we try to match placements as closely as possible – culturally and religiously.

If a child can recognise themselves and their culture within your home environment, they tend to settle much easier. It also helps if a foster family can immediately accommodate any dietary requirements, holidays and ceremonies that a child may expect or need access to which is why its so important we encourage diversity in foster care.

Diversity in foster care makes successful foster placements

It isn’t always possible to match a child with a family that matches their religious beliefs or cultural background, and this is where our training programs come to the fore! We ensure you have all the tools and information at your disposal to help a child transition into your home, no matter what their background is.

Nerves are a part of fostering and doubting if you can provide everything a child needs is natural. Speaking frankly to your social worker is fundamental to us so that we can provide the best possible service as we need you to hit the ground running with your foster child! Apprehensions can be tamed with the correct support and training, if you feel you need more information and exposure to help you on this journey we will supply you with everything you need to succeed.


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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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