Disability fostering project
Do you have the right skills, patience, empathy and the drive to care for a child with a physical disability?
This is a unique fostering opportunity providing a caring environment with the support of a specialist team who will be there for you and for the child.
You will be providing a range of home-based care supporting children with disabilities or additional needs. This is not just a live-in care job, it’s your chance to help a child reach their potential and maximise their opportunities.
We are offering a bespoke package for the right person, including being part of a housing scheme pilot. We would love to hear from you if you feel that you could provide that safe, secure and happy environment.
Interested? Phone 0800 783 5724 or enquiry now
Children with disabilities
We require short term and long term fostering placements for children with disabilities. Children may have a variety of physical or behavioural needs.
The sort of help that the children need is:
- Help with physical disabilities like mobility issues.
- Help with learning difficulties and social disorders such as those on the Autistic Spectrum.
- Sensory impairments (e.g. partial sight).
The sort of help that children with complex health need are:
- Special medication and dealing with things like epilepsy.
- Help with breathing, eating and other daily functions like using the toilet and bathing.
Of course, some children need help in both of these categories.
Fees, training and support
We recognise that we are expecting families to undertake a challenging task and in recognition of the fact we pay a professional fee, plus maintenance allowance for the young person or child. Read more about our allowances.
We provide training and on going support, both by social workers and other carers in the scheme. You will not be alone in caring for the young person/child, but will work as part of a team.
We are working in partnership with Barnardos to provide a wrap-around package of support, training and relief care.
Watch this film to find out more about fostering children with disabilities. Shirley and her husband did not start off with any experience of disabilities but that did not hold them back in any way.
Things to think about
We do not need carers to possess all the qualities or skills required for the job at the beginning. We are looking for resourceful people who want to work with young people and children and who are keen to learn new skills in order to do this.
It is important to bear in mind that these young people or children do have complex needs. Training will be provided to help understand their needs, you may also require special training from a suitably qualified medical professional.
Fostering involves working closely with professionals and sometimes the birth families, following an agreed plan to support families and to rebuild relationships.
What do I need to care for a child with disabilities?
We don’t expect carers to have all the skills at the beginning - just the motivation to work with us, and a comprehension of the complexity of the task.
- confidence and a positive attitude
- willing to have regular training
- ability to work with others and attend medical/ educational meetings as required
- commitment to work with children in the long term and short term
If you are interested in caring for children with disabilities, then contact us and we can give you more detailed information about the scheme, the children and the young people to be placed.