Build a Future

Build a Future Build a Future is a new fostering offer that is part of our Foster a Future service.

Build a Future is aimed at supporting young people from Newcastle who are currently living in residential homes (children’s homes) or who are complex adolescents on the cusp of requiring residential services.

The service will support these young people by placing them in a specialist family home, with a dedicated support network, providing them with a safe and nurturing environment to grow and develop into well rounded adults.

The children and Foster Carers that are part of Build a Future will be supported by a dedicated team, provided with associated training and support and be linked with Newcastle City Council’s award winning Virtual School (link to Virtual School) service to help reach their educational potential.

Open Evenings 

Want to learn more about Build a Future? The unique challenges and brilliant rewards that it brings? Head along to one of our Open Evenings where you can talk through everything with a member of the team.

Each open evening will take place from 7pm at the Civic Centre in Newcastle, please report to Main Reception where you will be greeted by a Social Worker who will take you to one of the Council's Committee Rooms.


Thursday 22 March

Thursday 24 May

Thursday 12 July

Thursday 27 September

Thursday 22 November

Why are these children in Residential Homes? 

No child’s journey through the care system is the same and they often enter care because of adults failing them.

Some children in the care system will behave in a difficult way as a result of their experiences, causing foster placements to breakdown, leaving the young person in a very vulnerable situation.

This can lead to them being placed in a residential care home to protect them, or because there isn’t an appropriate foster placement available for them - one that can provide the support and stability required.

The Residential Homes are usually away from the people and places that are important to the child, adding extra pressures on both them and social work teams supporting them.

Build a Futures ambition is to take these young people out of the Residential Homes and bring them into specialist foster placements - safe, nurturing environments that will help them develop, with appropriate professional support available when it’s needed.

Is this about ‘fixing’ the child? 

Not at all. It is about working with the child in their current situation and building resilience so they can find different ways to cope with their challenges.

The staff and specialist Foster Carers that make up the Build a Future team will take a very therapeutic approach to care, considering the mind of the child and building a wraparound care service that will help them develop and learn.

There will be a dedicated Build a Future team, made up of social workers, therapeutic professionals and support workers who are specialists in engaging with young people who are proving hard to reach.

All the Build a Future staff will contribute to a 24-hour rota of support for the foster carers working with build a future.

How do I become a Build a Future Foster Carer? 

Becoming a Build a Future Foster is a challenging but rewarding experience, it is a step up from traditional foster care - as a result the service is currently looking to recruit experienced foster carers or people who have worked in residential care.

You can look at the full person specification and what support you will receive here.

All applications will be subject to assessment and Panel in line with national legislation.

For more information about Build a Future please contact -

Christine Garner on 0191 277 2430 or email