Foster carer vacancies
Fostering is helping a child by looking after them in your own home, at a time when their own family is not able to do so. Children need fostering for all sorts of reasons and for different lengths of time.
Gloucestershire County Council is looking for more people to become foster carers for children of all ages. You will be making a big difference to the life of a local child by offering them a safe and nurturing home at a difficult time in their lives.
We particularly need foster carers for:
- Long-term homes for children over five years old
- Keeping brothers and sisters together, where you will need more than one spare room
- Children over 10 years old and teenagers
- Children over 10 who need regular short breaks (minimum of two weekends a month)
- Children with disabilities or additional needs
Gloucestershire County Council’s fostering service is entirely not for profit and always has the child’s best interests at heart. Join our team and you’ll be helping local Gloucestershire children stay in their communities. This means they can go to the same school, see their friends and have contact with their families if it’s safe to do so.
All children who come into care in Gloucestershire are the responsibility of the County Council and we usually look to our own foster carers first to find a local home for them. You are unlikely to have long gaps between children and can choose the types of fostering you do and the age of the children you prefer to look after.
You’ll be given comprehensive training and all of your training is based in Gloucestershire, so you won’t have to travel out of county for these. You’ll be joining a friendly and supportive fostering community that meets regularly, giving you a local support network. You will also have support from a range of professionals.
We’d love to hear from you if:
- You are over 21,
- You have a spare room in your home,
- You have experience caring for your own or other people’s children (your own children will need to be over 2 years old),
- You have the time to care for a child and can give them stability and security,
- You have a driving licence,
- You have basic IT skills.
There is no such thing as a typical foster carer. All kinds of children come into care and we need a diverse group of foster carers to look after them.
Foster carers can be single, cohabiting (for at least two years), married or divorced. It doesn’t matter if you rent or own your home and if you are employed or unemployed. We welcome applications from any ethnic background and regardless of your sexuality.
If you are not a British Citizen, you will need indefinite leave to remain.
We can offer:
- Generous weekly fees of between £122.50 to £331.59 per child, depending on experience and the type of fostering you choose to do.
- Age-related maintenance allowances to cover the costs of caring for the child.
- A team of professionals working alongside you, including specialist mental health support.
- Specially tailored training, both before you become a foster carer and throughout your time with us.
- A dedicated social worker for you and a separate social worker for the children.
- Out of hours support.
- Fast track assessments for existing foster carers.
Gloucestershire County Council foster carers are self-employed. As a foster carer, you will be eligible for tax relief on some or all of your earnings. Visit HMRC for more information.