Specialist Foster Carer

Specialist foster carers provide intensive one to one support within a family environment for some of our most vulnerable young people aged 11 plus. The Children and young people that require specialist fostering will have complex needs and have experienced traumatic events. Many of these children will present with challenging and complex behaviours which may include:

  • Non-attendance at school
  • Mental Health concerns
  • Self-harming behaviours
  • Anti-social and or criminal behaviour
  • Sexually harmful or exploitive behaviour
  • Physical and/ or verbally aggressive behaviours
  • Drug and / or alcohol issues
  • Involvement with gangs

Could you be a specialist foster carer?

We’re looking for patient, caring and resilient people who have experience of working with children with behavioural or emotional challenges. You need to have the time to dedicate to a child or young person as they will require your full attention. If you have children of your own they must be at least 16 years old before you can apply to become a specialist foster carer. We understand that some carers may only want to commit to the task of fostering for a couple of years. However, it’s essential that you are able to commit to a child or young person for the duration of the placement, which may range between 6 – 24 months.     To apply you must be at least 21 years old and have a spare room. You can be married, single, co-habiting or in a same sex relationship.


What Support will I receive?

Caring for a young person with complex needs can be challenging. But you’re not on your own. You will receive:

  • Support from an experienced fostering mentor
  • 24-hour emergency duty phone line
  • Individual support from your own supervising social worker
  • Regular group supervision
  • Access to a comprehensive training programme allowing you to develop your skills
  • Opportunity to work as part of a professional team


What will I be paid as a specialist foster carer?

To reflect the demanding nature of specialist fostering we offer a generous financial package. You will receive £450 per week and an allowance of between £164 – £191 depending on the age of the child or young person you are fostering. In addition, we will also pay a four-week retainer of £450 in-between placements.


If you think you might have what it takes to be a specialist foster carer. Please get in touch. Either call us on 0800 923 2777 or click here to complete our online enquiry form and we will call you back.