Remand fostering offers a safe family accommodation for alleged young offenders from the age of 10 to 17, while they are awaiting trial or sentencing. Custody can be damaging for vulnerable young people, perpetuating a cycle of imprisonment and re-offending. We believe that remand foster care offers young people the support needed to rethink their actions and to alter their behaviour.
Foster carers are sometimes nervous about taking on remand foster placements as they fear that the children and young people are much more complex. We will assist you with the skills and knowledge that you may need for this type of foster care. Often, foster carers already experienced in working with teenagers can easily make this transition.
TACT foster carers interested in remand placements have additional training and assessment and are approved by the fostering panel. A remand foster carers handbook is provided.
We would especially like to hear from people who may have worked with young offenders, including Probation or Youth Justice workers, police and prison officers, youth workers or teachers.
Remand foster placements fees and allowances are enhanced due to the complexities of the placements and additional costs that may be incurred.