Fostering teenagers

Make a difference to a young person in care.

Fostering teenagers can be some of the most rewarding and engaging groups to foster and where you can see positive impacts on young people’s lives.

Societally, there are many preconceived ideas about teenagers and their individualised needs. People make assumptions based on their own experiences and these generalised ideas are magnified when a teenager is in care.

We believe everyone deserves a chance! Without judgement based on their age or circumstance. Fostering teenagers can be more rewarding, and simpler and provide more opportunities for self-growth than fostering younger children.
Without a doubt, teenagers who are in care could have been subjected to more damaging situations for a longer period than younger children, they can have a deeper understanding of their circumstances and all this can present its own, unique challenges. However, the adversity they have come from is not their fault, the anger and resentment that may present itself is a natural reaction to the lack of control over their lives that they may have experienced.

Outcomes of fostering teenagers

Ultimately, every placement type has its unique challenges and rewards – teenagers are no different.
Teenagers can engage with foster parents on a level that no other group can. Their elevated understanding of life, their environments and their culture can be hugely enriching for the people caring for them. Care becomes a conversational experience, being repaid when times get tough.

Young people are full of opportunity and teendom is a unique opportunity to help frame the future of an individual tasked with making huge decisions, who may not have had the start in life they deserve. Providing a reliable and stable home environment is key to enabling a young person to make the best possible decisions about their future.

You’ll be their cheerleaders, their protectors, their teacher and their family – helping them develop invaluable skills that will follow them into independence.

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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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