Foster Carers Needed
Young people between the age of 10 and 16 can be remanded into the care of the Local Authority by the Criminal Courts as an alternative to a secure or prison remand. Many of these young people are placed with foster carers who specialise in caring for young people on remand. Placements often last for a minimum of eight days and are typically required at very short notice. Many young people remain remanded whilst the Court is considering their case but this is usually for no more than a maximum of three months.
Sheffield City Council are seeking to recruit people who can care for this group of young people in their home. There is no such thing as a typical foster carer you may be single, married, divorced or living with a partner and you may rent or own your own home. The main requirement is that you are interested in providing stability and support to vulnerable young people so that they can make positive changes to avoid offending in the future. In addition you will need to be over the age of 21, have a bedroom for the young person and at least one adult will need to be available throughout the day.
Foster Carers receive financial allowances for the young person they care for in addition to an allowance for themselves. Remand Foster Carers are supported by a Social Worker from the Fostering Team, who offer 24 hour telephone support, and work closely with staff from the Youth Offending Service who supervise and support the young person in the placement. In addition regular training and support groups are offered.
If you are interested in learning more about how you could do ‘something special today’ and foster a young person on remand please contact The Fostering Team on 0114 273 5075.