Respite Fostering

Respite fostering is when you provide care for a child or young person over a short period of time, usually somewhere in between a weekend to a fortnight. Respite or short break foster care gives families and foster carers a network of support when they most need it.

As a respite carer you will join your local network of carers to support each other with respite care when required. We all know looking after a family and fostering is a demanding role so when things do get tough and you need time away, you can be there to provide that much-needed support.

If you are considering becoming a respite foster carer, it is important to consider the children that require respite placements and the level of need that they might have.

Respite foster carers are needed to provide support to parents or foster carers where children have a high level of complex needs. A child may have special educational needs or disabilities, they may have been through trauma which is impacting their behaviours and relationships or there may be other reasons that they need a great deal of attention and specific care.

For these children and the people caring for them, respite is an opportunity to have a rest, a short-term change of routine and the chance to recharge, in a planned way to ensure that it not too disruptive for the child.

Where are respite carers needed?

There is a particular need for respite carers across East London and the south east of England, as well as the West Midlands and the South West regions. We would also love to hear from potential respite carers who are able to care for sibling groups or young people with additional complex needs, i.e autism or medical needs.


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