Foster Carer

We need people from various areas across England to help us look after vulnerable children and young people. If you feel you can provide a stable and loving home and have the warmth and dedication that it takes to be a Foster Carer, we would love to hear from you.

Location

At present, we are recruiting in all of our regions. We currently have offices that cover the North East, West Midlands, South Central and Yorkshire areas of England. Training for Foster Carers currently takes place in our regional offices and in pre-determined venues for the locality of our carers. To find out where our offices are based, please visit our where we work page.

Package

Foster Carers are paid a weekly fee for each child they have placed with them. The CFT offers some of the best ‘terms & conditions’ for Foster Carers in the UK. Unlike some other agencies, we do not reduce weekly payments with regard to the age of a child, as such our Carers receive exactly the same weekly fee regardless of the child’s age. Our current weekly fee is in excess of £425 per week, per child. In addition to our regular weekly fee our Foster Carer’s receive a generous mileage allowance and 14 nights respite per year, per child on a pro rata basis.

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Foster Carers are not employed by The CFT and must register as self-employed to provide fostering services for us.

The Role

Many of our children and young people in care have faced great adversity in their lives and with this may present with difficult and 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 and develop.

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. Being placed in Foster Care is never the direct fault of the child or young person. However, irrespective of the reasons for being taken into the care of the local authority, this situation means that the child or young person is no longer able to reside within their own birth family.

There are many different types of Foster Placements and we will work with each individual Carer to establish the best types of Fostering for them.

Ideal candidates

Anyone can apply to become a Foster Carer as long as they have what it takes to care for children separated from their own families. There is no upper age limit in Fostering however you will need to be at least 21 years old and have a spare bedroom available for a foster child/children. The children and young people in our care come from all different backgrounds and walks of life, so it makes sense that we need families from an equally wide range of cultures, lifestyles and locations right across the UK to join us. We welcome applicants from all walks of life and backgrounds.

The fostering role can often be quite a demanding one so we also need to make sure that our Foster Carers are reasonably fit, healthy and emotionally available to be able to respond to the needs of a child. When recruiting Foster Carers we look for applicants who are warm, friendly, robust, resilient and able to provide a stable, loving and secure home.

 As you will be in an environment which involves child protection and working with Looked After Children, you will need to be covered by DBS clearance, which the CFT will undertake.

How to apply

If you are interested in becoming a foster carer or in receiving our no obligation information pack, please get in touch with us today. You can make an enquiry by calling 0300 111 1945 and talking to a member of our friendly team, or applying via our website.

There are many different types of Foster Placements and we will work with each individual Carer to establish the best types of Fostering for them.

 

Closing Date: Ongoing