Fostering in Scotland

We’re looking for warm, caring people who want to make a real difference. Become part of our friendly and professional team.

We’re constantly looking for new foster carers to join our team at Action for Children. Our foster carers are a valuable part of our team. We value their skills, experience and knowledge of the children and young people they look after. Our foster carers are respected and we work together to make a difference to every child and young person in our care.

We're looking for caring people across Central Scotland, the Highlands and the Scottish Borders, to become part of our friendly and professional team.

We offer our foster carers:

  • Careful matching with a child or young person
  • 24/7 on call support from an experienced fostering social worker
  • Buddying opportunities to work with or support other foster carers – you will be part of a supportive and friendly fostering community
  • Specialist training and development opportunities
  • Competitive fees and allowances for the young person
  • Foster care support groups and social events
  • Paid annual leave
  • From an early stage we’ll help you find the best service that is suited to you

All of our children and young people are different; therefore, we welcome enquiries from people who will bring different skills, knowledge and life experiences to our children and young people.

 

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We are recruiting foster carers in the following locations:

  • Central Scotland
  • Scottish Borders
  • Gael Og (Highlands)

For more information on the services we offer in Scotland please have a look at the information below.

The young people we look after cannot normally be supported by mainstream fostering services as they have experienced many placement changes and require one to one care. Our specialist service is equipped to work with children and young people you may have significant attachment issues and find it difficult to build positive relationships.

 

Our services include:

CAPS (Children and Adolescent Fostering Service) service is for ages 11 years and over. Placements are mainly single, for children and young people who may have experienced placement breakdown and cannot be supported by mainstream services.

CAPS Close Care service for younger children aged between 4 and 11. Placements are single and for children who cannot be supported by mainstream services and the child is best placed where there no other children under 12 in the family home.

Planned breaks. Our foster carers receive earned leave to provide them with the essential break to restore their batteries from the intense specialist caring they provide. We urgently require people who are interested in providing a different kind of foster care experience for our young people in the form of short breaks. We require you to commit to between 30 and 40 weeks per year and you’ll be paid a regular fee and an appropriate allowance for looking after your young person with full access to training.

This service offers variety and the chance to build up a wealth of experience though the number of different short breaks. You will meet and care for children and young people from all different circumstances and have the chance to be a positive relationship in their lives. 

 

Contact us

To contact the Central Scotland fostering office:

The young people we look after cannot normally be supported by mainstream fostering services, as they may have experienced many placement changes and require one to one care. Our specialist service is equipped to work with young people who may have significant attachment issues and find it difficult to build positive relationships.

BIFT (Borders intensive Fostering for Teenagers) is a specialist fostering service developed in partnership with Scottish Borders Council. Part of our CAPS (Children and Adolescent Placement Services) service, BIFT offers an intensive type of foster care to help teenagers move forward in their lives.

Planned breaks. Our foster carers receive earned leave to provide them with the essential break to restore their batteries from the intense specialist caring they provide. We urgently require people who are interested in providing a different kind of foster care experience for our young people in the form of short breaks. We require you to commit to between 30 and 40 weeks per year and you’ll be paid a regular fee and an appropriate allowance for looking after your young person with full access to training. 

This service offers variety and the chance to build up a wealth of experience though the number of different short breaks. You will meet and care for children and young people from all different circumstances and have the chance to be a positive relationship in their lives. 

Contact us

To contact the Scottish borders fostering office:

The young people we look after cannot normally be supported by mainstream fostering services as they have experienced many placement changes and require one to one care. Our specialist service is equipped to work with children and young people you may have significant attachment issues and find it difficult to build positive relationships.

The service at Gael Og is for children and young people ages 6 and over. Placements are mainly single, for children and young people who may have experienced placement breakdown and cannot be supported by mainstream services.

The service also has skilled foster carers who offer child parent placements and placements for children and young people affected by disability including autism.

Planned breaks. Our foster carers receive earned leave to provide them with the essential break to restore their batteries from the intense specialist caring they provide. We urgently require people who are interested in providing a different kind of foster care experience for our young people in the form of short breaks. We require you to commit to between 30 and 40 weeks per year and you’ll be paid a regular fee and an appropriate allowance for looking after your young person with full access to training. 

This service offers variety and the chance to build up a wealth of experience though the number of different short breaks. You will meet and care for children and young people from all different circumstances and have the chance to be a positive relationship in their lives. 

Contact us

To contact the Gael Og fostering fostering office:

We're looking for Short Breaks Carers

As a specialist carer, our foster carers receive earned leave to provide them with the essential break to restore their batteries from the intense specialist caring they provide. We urgently require people who are interested in providing a different kind of foster care experience for our young people in the form of short breaks.

Planned breaks carers provide a vital role in providing children and young people a time for reflection, growth and development as well as establishing other positive relationships in their lives. In some cases, the time our young people spend on a planned break will be their first experience of a wider community of people who care and are dedicated to providing them with a family experience

This service offers variety and the chance to build up a wealth of experience though the number of different short breaks. You will meet and care for children and young people from all different circumstances and have the chance to be a positive relationship in their lives.

Planned break carers are contracted – this means that we require you to commit to between 30 and 40 weeks per year. You’ll be paid a regular fee and an appropriate allowance for looking after your young person. You will have full access to training.

  • Short break are usually at a maximum of 2 weeks at a time or as little as one or two nights
  • From time to time you may be asked to take a young person at short notice where difficulties arise and it is considered necessary to arrange an emergency period of time away from the full time carer
  • You will be paid the same fees as our full time carers on a pro rata basis

For more information on becoming a Short Breaks Carer, email us or give us a call on 0141 331 0584.

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