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Foster Carers

Location: Greater Manchester, Cheshire, Lancashire
Salary: Dependant
Hours per Week: Full time

It’s not always possible for children and young people to live with their families. This means there are many children across the country in need of safe, supportive and loving homes. This is where foster carers come in.

What is foster care?

Foster carers provide safe, caring homes for children who need them. This could be for a matter of days, weeks, months or years. They help children and young people experience new things, build their self-esteem and grow and develop into confident young adults.

Children and young people can be placed in foster care from birth up to 18 years, either on their own or with their brothers and sisters. Some may even stay past 18 if they and their foster carers agree.

Some children and young people will be able to go back to live with their families, others will live with their foster carers until they’re young adults.

Why do children need to be fostered?

There are lots of different reasons why a child or young person may not be able to live with their family, including the death of a parent or carer, a family breakdown, drug and alcohol issues and abuse or neglect.

We need foster carers

We’re looking for foster carers to provide homes for young people across the north west of England. As a charity, we’ve been supporting children and young people in need for almost 150 years. We’re dedicated to giving our foster carers the training, advice and skills they need to provide the best possible support to the children in their care.

We provide:

  • Access to a social worker 24-hours a day, 365 days a year – you’ll never be put through to a call centre
  • Generous allowance and fees
  • Respite care and outreach support
  • Annual fostering holiday
  • Regular support groups and training
  • Supervision from a qualified social worker.

As a foster carer you will:

  • Demonstrate Together Trust’s values: positive, passionate, professional, supportive
  • Provide a warm and nurturing home and a healthy lifestyle. This includes a balanced diet, reasonable exercise and making sure children’s health needs are met
  • Help children and young people develop skills and self-esteem by giving them the opportunity to undertake a range of activities and visit new places, supporting and integrating them into your life
  • Encourage school or college attendance and achievement with support at home, for example, with homework
  • Set appropriate boundaries on behaviour and encourage self-control, using praise and encouragement
  • Attend meetings about the child or young person to plan and review progress, keeping in regular contact with social workers and other key professionals
  • Keep accurate daily records for the child or young person
  • Maintain contact with children and young people’s families, where necessary
  • Be there through the more difficult times, remaining committed and providing the best possible support
  • Attend Together Trust’s training sessions to develop your skills as a foster carer.

Our vacancies

No matter where your skills and interests lie, there’s an excellent chance that the role for you is here at the Together Trust.

Our work across the North West and surround areas involves providing all sorts of care and support to families, adults and children. If you thrive on helping others, take a look at our list of current opportunities. You can also sign up for email alerts so you’re the first to know when a new position opens up.