Fostering for offenders
With a wealth of experience, we're experts at delivering
fostering solutions to young people who offend Providing
these young people with a safe and stable environment is the key.
Then we can help them to steer them away from offending behaviour
and towards positive life achievements.
Vulnerable young people with extensive criminal histories should
have the chance to turn their lives around. That's what we achieve
through intensive fostering. Based on a model developed in Oregon,
USA, we run two of the three pilots for Intensive Fostering,
funded, commissioned and supported by the Youth Justice
This type of fostering relies on the commitment of a
multi-disciplinary team, dedicated to supporting the young person.
It offers a wide range of support mechanisms, like a monitored
points system that reinforces positive behaviour; fair and
consistent boundaries; positive role models; and daily support for
foster carers. With such intensive support, we can achieve real
positive outcomes for young people.
We've been providing remand fostering and alternatives to custody
placements for over19 years. This type of fostering offers a safe
environment for an alleged offender while they await trial or
sentencing. During this time, they must not be involved in
offending, anti-social behaviour or absconding and should attend
court at the required times. Remand fostering helps the young
person to achieve these goals.
We also advocate for young people in remand fostering. The aim is
to work with other agencies to give the best support for any
difficulties experienced by the young person. This is achieved by
regular planning and reviewing in partnership with YOTs, local
authorities and trusts, CAMHS, the courts and approved specialist
foster carers. Young people are encouraged to participate in
planning and to give feedback on their placement.
Youth justice fostering (Scotland)
Short-term care for children and young people in the youth justice
system - that's what youth justice fostering provides. By offering
a remand fostering placement, it acts as an alternative to custody
or secure accommodation. A daytime activity programme for the young
person helps to support their placement. Our specialist remand
foster carers are fully supported and trained to really help young
These placements also promote and develop social inclusion,
citizenship and personal responsibility of young people appearing
before the Youth Court.