What Is Long Term Foster Care?

Or as we call it – Families for life


Long-term fostering, or ‘Family for life’ is where a child or young person remains in your care permanently, until they reach adulthood and have the desire to live independently.

If a decision is made on behalf of the child that they cannot return to their birth families alternative solutions such as adoption and long-term foster placements are sourced to provide a stable and reliable home for the child or young person, we call these placements – Families for Life.

Families for life generally extend far beyond the age of independence and are a testament to the ability of both the foster families and the child/young person to form long-lasting and fruitful relationships.

Outcomes of long term fostering

The outcomes from long-term fostering are plentiful, and in our experiences end in the positive development of a young person into independent adulthood; also a welcomed extension to your family network forever.

Much like with short-term foster care, you’re provided with all the tools necessary, through training courses, networking with like-minded people and financial support to enhance the life of a young person desperately in need of love and family values.
You are their cheerleader! And will act solely for the personal development of the child or young person, advocating on their behalf with professionals and the birth family to ensure the wishes of the young person are met to the best of your ability.

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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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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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