Breathing Space Foster Carer

02 Oct 2020
16 Jul 2021
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Job Type
Social care
Contract Type
Full time permanent
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Breathing Space


We are looking for active, dynamic carers who are willing to work with the service to provide a secure home environment for a young person who needs short term emergency or respite foster care.


This type of placement provides care for young people who need an immediate placement upon entry to foster care or following a breakdown of a previous arrangement. It allows for a period of assessment to determine their current and future care needs.  


The foster carers on the scheme will be home based and expected to provide high levels of time and care to the young person placed.


Breathing Space - Key responsibilities


Breathing Space foster carers will provide care to a child/young person for a maximum of 28 days. Each carer is to provide up to 41 weeks of foster care per annum. Breathing Space foster carers will be entitled to 1 week’s paid resting fee (at half pay) after each period of 28 days.


One foster carer in the household will need to be at home as a full-time carer with no other employment. You will need to attend meetings and to work in partnership with a range of other professionals as a significant member of a team around the young person. In addition, you will be required to attend ongoing professional training and development courses and support groups.


Breathing Space foster carers will not have any of their own children under the age of 16 years old or other foster children in the household. They are to be available to care for the child/young person throughout the arrangement.


Where the child/young person is not in education, Breathing Space foster carers will provide day care or alternative learning opportunities and as necessary will support the reintegration of the child/young person into school. The carer will also ensure, encourage and facilitate the child/young person’s family time and to access other identified services such as education, health and Rise.


Breathing Space carers are required to assist the child/young person in making a successful transition to a future placement.

What will you receive in return?

You will be paid a weekly fee of £351.33 plus fostering allowances when working You will have the support of a dedicated fostering social worker and family support worker. You will have the support of a team of professionals who are working with the young person in your care and who can offer you one to one advice and support. You will have access to a specialist training programme, some of which will start during your assessment period. When the office is closed, you will have access to 24-hour support via the foster care support line and emergency duty team. Telephone 0800 408 1556 Email:

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