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We are looking for foster carers who are able to provide a secure and caring environment to local children and young people.‚Äč

Every year, children from babies to teenagers need foster carers in their local communities. They come from challenging home situations and are therefore likely to be vulnerable and in need of love, support and consistency.

Like other roles working with children, fostering isn’t easy, but it’s very rewarding and makes a huge difference to children’s lives.

Foster carers come from all backgrounds and bring a wide range of life and work experiences. They receive training and support to help them develop the skills to meet the needs of children in their care.

If you are interested in finding out more about fostering, please go to our Fostering website (opens a new window)

If you would like to find out more about becoming a foster carer, please complete this enquiry form (opens a new window) and our Recruitment Officer will be in touch for an informal chat.

Looking after somebody else's child - Private Fostering

Private Fostering is when a child, under the age of 16 years (under 18 if they are disabled) is cared for by someone who is not their parent or a close relative, for 28 days or more.

Children under 16 who spend more than 2 weeks in residence during school holiday time in school are now seen as privately fostered; or more than 2 weeks in hospital.

Close relatives are defined as step-parents, grandparents, brothers, sisters, uncles or aunts. To be private fostering, the arrangement has not been made by the local authority, and the child or young person is not being looked after by an approved foster carer.

Find out more about private fostering, visit our Fostering website (opens a new window)