Fostering in the South West Peninsula

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

As a foster carer you will provide a safe and caring environment for a child or young person to develop and thrive.

We will give you extensive support and training so you can feel confident in supporting children who have experienced neglect, abuse and trauma. You will be part of a community of foster carers that really makes a difference to children’s lives.

 

The overall quality rating is outstanding…children thrive in their placements and are being looked after by experienced, well trained and highly competent carers
Ofsted

Why Choose Us?

  • Allowances and competitive fees – we will give you good rates of pay
  • 24 hour support line – we are always there for you
  • Thorough assessment and preparation – not throwing you in at the deep end
  • Regular paid breaks – like any career, it can be tiring so we make sure you rest
  • Careful matching and planning – because it is right to get the right placement for you and the child
  • A team that is both experienced and friendly – we know what we are doing
  • Children’s charity – we put people before profit
  • Always offering you training opportunities – so you can grow and develop

We’ll be with you every step of the way.

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We’re recruiting foster carers in the following locations:

  • Somerset to Cornwall including;
  • Devon
  • Torbay
  • Plymouth

To download our Statement of Purpose, click here. Or to learn more about the children we support and the different types of fostering services click on the titles below.

Children aged between 6 – 18 years old with complex needs. Occasionally we support children aged 0-6 years.  

We support children and young people whose families may have had long histories of involvement with social services or who have experienced a breakdown in family relationships. Often the children we place have experienced neglect, abuse and trauma. They may need support with managing their emotions and behaviours.

Sibling groups

Where possible we will try and keep brothers and sisters together as they will have already experienced enough upheaval in leaving their home. It will require the foster carer to have more bedroom space and the added energy to devote to meeting the needs of more than one child.

Disabled children and young people

We need foster carers who can provide secure and caring homes for disabled children to enable them to remain in their local community. Some of the children have experienced disruption, loss, rejection, neglect, physical abuse and sexual abuse and maybe dealing with the confusion of a family breakdown.  

Children who are fostered need different types of placements. Each child’s circumstances are different and there will be a number of factors which will determine which type of placement they need.

Long Term Placements

There are lots of children who need a caring home on a long term basis and therefore the placement could last many years until they become an adult and can live independently. Action for Children focuses on finding foster carers who can commit to long term placements.

Short Term Placements

Sometimes children need a home on a short term basis lasting from anywhere between a few days to weeks, months or up to a year. Sometimes a child may need an emergency placement and the foster carer will look after the child on short notice for a limited amount of time.

Planned Breaks Placements

Sometimes we require new foster carers who can provide planned breaks for our full-time foster carers.  This  could involve providing cover during holidays, weekends, or day care around their daily lives. This gives full-time carers the chance to recharge their batteries and enables the children to have new experiences.

Short Breaks for Disabled Children

Short breaks carers provide regular, brief stays (maybe a weekend, maybe a single night at a time) for disabled children. This gives the children a safe, meaningful and enjoyable experience with another family, while providing a break for the children’s parents or carers.

Parent and child arrangements

A parent and child arrangement is different from fostering, but one or two parents and their child are placed together in a fostering family. The foster carer will play a role in providing support and advice and will provide detailed observations to contribute to parenting assessments.

Fostering in the South West Peninsula is managed by:

Phyllida Brown

  • Devon
  • Plymouth
  • Torbay
  • Cornwall 
  • Somerset

Join us at our Fostering Information Evening in Exeter on 5th May.

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