Why We Want Foster Homes for All Our Children and Not Residential Care

Here, our Recruitment & Engagement Officer, Sam, tells us why we need more fostering families who can care for vulnerable children who display complex and challenging behaviours.

Our commitment to children within Newcastle’s care is to find a safe and nurturing home for each and every young person. We would like to find suitable fostering families or individuals that could provide care to all our under 18-year olds.

No young person's journey through the care system is the same but they often enter care because adults have failed 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. Sometimes when this happens, we must rely on the services of residential homes instead. This can be to protect them or, more often, because there isn’t an appropriate foster placement available to them. They require a foster carer or fostering family who can provide the dedicated support and stability needed to give them the chance to change their lives.

Residential homes are usually away from the people and places that are important to them; adding extra pressures on both them and social work teams supporting them. We want to keep children within their local communities and allow them to retain a connection to their culture and heritage.

To do this, we need foster carers who can take in children who may present with challenging and complex behaviours but who are really just in need of an adult they can trust. An adult who has their best interests at heart. An adult who will care about them, their future and will listen and understand their past experiences.

This is why we created our Build a Future service. A scheme dedicated to providing safe and therapeutic environments in a foster home setting.

The team offers 24-hour support to these carers, a dedicated social work manager and an experienced supervising social worker. As well as resource workers who can provide additional support and a fully qualified child and adolescent psychoanalytical psychotherapist.

In order to be considered for this role, you must have worked with children in a professional setting or be an experienced foster carer and evidence your resilience and skills when dealing with children who display challenging behaviours.

This is an inspiring and demanding role, but a vital one if we are to break the cycle of children in care and create well-adjusted adults who can fulfil their full potential and lead a happy and settled life.

Have you got what it takes? Contact us and find out more about the scheme.

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