Foster Carer

  • Buckinghamshire Council
  • Buckinghamshire, UK
  • 30 Sep, 2020
Full time Childcare Public Sector and Government

Job Description

Overview

We are looking for people to join our team supporting looked after children in Bucks for a rewarding career as a foster carer. You will get lots of great support, training and generous allowances.

About us

‘We’re just normal people. Fostering is for everyone, you don’t need any special skills – just a bit of love and some space in your home. And a sense of humour helps!’Foster carer for Bucks

About the role

Foster carers play a vital role in caring for looked after children and helping them to lead happy, healthy lives and it can be a hugely rewarding career.


Children come into care mostly through no fault of their own. They may have had a difficult home life and troubled background and are looking for stability, someone to be there and someone to care.


Some of these children are at school and will need you to help them get to and from school, help with their homework and be there for them as they are growing up. Some of the children are younger and will need you throughout the day providing that essential love and care to help them develop.


We need foster carers for all children but specifically need foster carers for teenagers, children with disabilities, sibling groups and unaccompanied asylum seeker children.

About you

We are looking for people from all walks of life to foster as no child is the same.
No previous experience is needed.


Anyone can foster. There’s no age limit, you don’t need to own your own home, you can have another job and you can be any race, religion or gender.


All you need is a little bit of time space in your family for a child in need.  You will need a spare room – but if this is an issue and you are the right person for the job we are open to looking at how we could help you get round this.


You can have another job so long as you can show that you can still meet the needs of the children you are looking after (like you would if you have your own children) and be flexible to meet with social workers or their school to work together to ensure they children are as well supported as possible.

Other information

Find out more about the different types of fostering, the support you will receive and what the process is once you have got in touch by visiting:

https://www.buckscc.gov.uk/services/care-for-children-and-families/fostering/become-a-foster-carer/

 

We recognise and reward you

What will you get?
• Experience of working with children.
• The reward of making a difference and changing someone’s life.
• A good allowance
• Lots of support from our fostering team, social workers and our great network of foster carers.
• Lots of training – we have an extensive programme of great training to help you with your new role


Allowance
As well as our brilliant training and excellent support, you will receive a generous allowance when caring for a child or young person. The amount you will receive will depend on the age of the child you are looking after and any special needs they may have.


Allowances range from £176 – £359 per week for one child.


Typically a Foster Parent with Bucks could earn from £10,000 - £18,000* a year, tax free, fostering one child plus expenses and travel. This would increase incrementally with more foster children in your care. *based on one child in place for 52 weeks in the 2016/17 tax year

You will also receive additional allowances towards the cost of celebrations for children such as birthdays, Christmas and other religious festivals.

We will pay £15 per month towards the costs of your broadband.

You will also get money for equipment such beds, cots, car seats, pushchairs, bedding, baby equipment.


We will also support you with childcare and childminder costs if needed.


Tax Relief
Foster Parents are classed as self-employed. The government has generous tax allowances in place for those who foster and this means that you will pay little or no tax.