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Guide: Types of fostering

Emergency Bed Scheme

We need dedicated foster carers for some of our most vulnerable and trauma experienced children and young people who need emergency foster care. We need to have homes available for short term emergencies whilst we and the wider Children’s Service work with children and their families to make a longer-term plan.

Foster carers are invited to join the emergency bed scheme if they have no other children in the home.  Foster carers will be expected to be on-duty for 2 weeks and then have 2 weeks off. Whilst on-duty foster carers will be paid £489.09 per week; this will be paid regardless of a child being placed or not. Foster carers will be paid a retainer of £150 per week for the two weeks off-duty and will not be expected to take any emergencies during this time.

Whilst on-duty foster carers will need to be contactable at all times of the day and night and will be expected to accept any child that needs an emergency bed during the time that they are on-duty. It is for this reason that there should be no other children in the home.

Where a child is placed in an emergency, they will remain there for up to 7 nights, during which time a planned move will be arranged. A meeting for the child will be held on ‘day one’ to ensure a clear move-on plan is agreed by all, including the Children’s Placement Team.

Additional training, specialist reading resources and support will be offered throughout the assessment stage, to help prepare foster carers to offer the highest level of care and therapeutic parenting to these children and young people.

We are looking for a limited number of dedicated foster carers for the new emergency bed scheme, if you’d like to find out more, please call 0345 155 1077 or leave your number here and we’ll call you back.