Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

Big plans, bright future

St. Mark's C of E Primary (including Nursery) will be closed on Friday 15 November 2019 for an ongoing environmental clean and is expected to re-open on Monday 18 November 2019.

Foster Carer

Vacancy Id:
£7,858.48 - £20,056.48 per annum
Closing Date:
Benefits & Grade:
Fostering allowance from £7,858.48 - £20,056.48 per annum (full-time placement) (depending on the age of the child and foster carer's level of experience). See link below for schedule of allowances 2019
Successful applicants will be subject to an enhanced DBS check and other statutory references.
Job Description:
Could you provide a stable family life for children and young people who are unable to live with their parents at a particular point in their lives? Fostering allows children the chance to thrive in a safe, secure and loving home environment. We need people from a range of backgrounds for short term, temporary and respite placements, as well as long term and permanent placements. Just as children's situations and experiences are diverse, foster carers need a variety of skills and qualities. There are however, some common criteria you need to meet:

You must:

- Be at least 25 years old. (Although in some circumstances we will consider people between 21 and 25 years old.)
- Have a separate spare bedroom suitable for a child or young person (unless you are fostering babies who can be accommodated in a cot in a main bedroom).
- Be a full-time resident in the UK or have leave to remain.
- Have the time and commitment to give to a child or young person, often on a full-time basis.

Other factors you will need to consider:

- Your health - are you fit and able to foster now and for the foreseeable future?
- Your financial security - can you provide a child or young person with a secure base?
- Your home - is it suitable and safe for a child or young person?
- Your friends and family - are there people who can support you to foster?
- Your past - for example, whether you have lived abroad and have any previous convictions. (You cannot be a foster carer if you have offences against children or violence-related offences.)
- Your experience with children and young people - through family, work or volunteering.
- Your sexuality, marital status, background, culture and ethnicity are not determining factors in your suitability to become a foster carer.

Many people express admiration for those who foster, and our foster carers do an amazing job. You can do it too! The building blocks for a positive future for a child in foster care come from everyday life. And remember, you won't be alone. There are plenty of people and networks to support you as a foster carer. So make a difference today. Request an information pack. This small step could be the start of transforming a child's life.

Schedule of allowances 2019
To request an information pack:
Visit      Stockton Fostering
Telephone   01642 526218
Email      [email protected]

For an informal discussion about fostering, please contact Helen Caswell, Marketing & Recruitment Officer (Fostering) on 01642 526115.