Build a Future

Build a Future is a specialist fostering service 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 supports these young people by placing them in a specialist foster placement, with a dedicated support network, providing them with a safe and therapeutic environment to grow and develop into well rounded adults.

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

Build a Future provides a unique challenge to carers and the support and financial payments reflect this. A weekly payment of £750 is available whilst a child is in placement and 24/7 support is on hand whenever you need it. Could you be a Build a Future carer? 

Want to learn more about fostering in Newcastle? The unique challenges and brilliant rewards that it brings? Head along to one of our Drop In Information Sessions where you can talk through everything with our Recruitment & Engagement Officer.

Foster Carer Information Evenings 


Thursday 14 November 2019 from 6.30pm, Council Chambers, Civic Centre, Barras Bridge, Newcastle City Council, NE1 8QH

Why are some of our young people in Residential Homes? 

No young person's journey through the care system is the same and they often enter care because of adults failing them.

Some young people in the care system will behave in  difficult ways 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 dedicated support and stability required.

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

Build a Future's ambition is to take these young people out of the Residential Homes and bring them into specialist foster placements - safe, therapeutic environments that will help them develop, with appropriate professional support available when it’s needed 24/7.

Is this about ‘fixing’ the child? 

Not at all. It is about working with the young person 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 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 is 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 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 people with experience of working with hard to engage young people - for example experienced foster carers, residential workers, teachers, youth workers. 

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

To complete an Enquiry form click here. 

All applications will be subject to assessment and approval in line with Fostering regulations. 

For more information about Build a Future please contact -

Jayne Saul on 07855825779 or the Foster a Future office number 0191 277 2430 or email

Build a Future