07 March 2012

Northamptonshire County Council is appealing for foster carers specifically to support children and young people in the youth justice system

The council needs to recruit five foster carers for young people aged between 10 and 18 years of age who have been remanded to local authority care.

New remand foster carers are needed because existing carers are due to retire soon.

Councillor Andrew Grant, cabinet member for children, learning and skills, said: “Remand fostering means looking after a young person who has been charged or convicted of an offence and has been placed by the courts in the care of the local authority while on remand.

“This is a specialist type of fostering care and there are a certain number of conditions that a potential carer has to meet before they can be approved. This helps to ensure that the placement is as constructive as possible at a time when stability and consistency are crucial.”

The requirements of a foster carer for a young person on remand include:

  • There must be an adult at home
  • They must have experience of young people
  • They must have a spare room for each young person
  • They must have good communication skills and the ability to articulate and maintain clear boundaries

Councillor Grant added: “A remand foster carer will be expected to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team supporting young people while they wait for their charges to be dealt with in the justice system. They’ll receive a training package and have access to 24-hour specialist support.”

A remand foster carer can earn approximately £17,000 a year pro rata and will receive a retainer of £121.50 per week when they do not have a placement.

Each household can only support two placements at a time.

For more information call the fostering recruitment line on 0300 126 1009 or visit the fostering pages on our website www.fosterme.co.uk